South Carolina Lawmaker Called N-Word, Threatened Over Removal Of Confederate Statues
South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard said he received an email calling him a “n****r” and telling him to go back to Africa.
Speaking with local news station WCIV-TV, Gilliard said he received the message on Thursday from a person identifying himself as John Calhoun (the same name of the seventh vice president of the United States who once argued that slavery was “a positive good”) with the email address generalleeflag666@
The full email reads as follows:
We tired [sic] being understanding with you N*****s! If you don’t like the Flag and our monuments you should go back home to Africa. This our country and we both know you will not have your way. We despise you and I don’t understand why you’re fighting a losing battle. What’s your address? Maybe I will bring my group to your house. We wear suits. No sheet. How about 3AM?
Gilliard has been a vocal supporter of the removal of Confederate statues from public squares.
“If I was mayor of this city, I would bring those statues down,” Gilliard said to Charleston newspaper The Post and Courier. “Not to erase anything, but I would put them in a museum. To me, that’s the answer to all of this.”
Last week came news that Georgia Republican State Representative Jason Spencer told Attorney and former state Democratic Representative LaDawn Jones that she may go missing in certain parts of Georgia for protesting the removal of Confederate statues.