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Black caucus: White Mississippi rep should resign over lynching comment

Black caucus: White Mississippi rep should resign over lynching comment

Black lawmakers in Mississippi are demanding the resignation of a white colleague who said Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments.

Republican Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona apologized on Monday for referring to lynching in a Facebook post Saturday. Oliver also removed the post from Facebook, about the time he apologized.

On Tuesday, the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus issued a statement saying Oliver's continued presence in the Legislature would impede efforts for lawmakers to work across lines of race and party.

"Rep. Oliver's apology for using the word 'lynching' does not mitigate the sentiment behind the statement and his presence...

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