Georgia’s Republican state Rep. Jason Spencer told Attorney and former state Democratic Rep. LaDawn Jones, she ‘may go missing,’ if Confederate monuments are removed.
The debate on whether or not Confederate monuments and landmarks should be removed is getting heated. A verbal exchange between Spencer and Jones began on a Facebook post when Spencer posted a selfie he took with a South Georgia monument to commemorate president Jefferson Davis, according to Raw Story.
Protests over Confederate symbols have erupted in several cities.
Jones criticized his support for Confederate monuments, questioning whether state tax dollars help pay for the upkeep of the memorial, which includes the house Davis fled to after the Civil war ended.
Spencer replies, “Continue your quixotic journey into South Georgia and it will not be pleasant. The truth. Not a warning. Those folks won’t put up with it like they do in Atlanta.”
Spencer then continued, “I can guarantee you won’t be met with torches but something a lot more definitive.” This was in response to Jones’ comment referring to store-bought tiki torches used by white supremacists at the Charlottesville rally earlier this month, the Raw Story reports.
The exchange continues with Spencer posting, “They will go missing in the Okefenokee [swamp]. “Too many necks they are red around here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about ’em’.”
“May Go Missing” is a term that most people understand.
According to the report, Jones didn’t back down from Spencer’s intimidation.
“Sounds like a threat of physical violence…is that what we are doing now? Jones wrote. “Desperate measures huh? Afraid of what is going to happen in southern GA? I saw those white supremacists crying when sh*t really hit the fan.”
Read screenshots of Spencer’s threats and Jones’ response below.
Facebook Threats Could Get You Arrested
Many people think that the First Amendment on free speech protects them from saying nasty things or anything they want, however, it doesn’t. “The First Amendment protection for free speech is not absolute. Fighting words, obscenity, child pornography, misleading commercial speech, cyber bullying and true threats are not protected,” according to Le Trinh, Esq.
Per Findlaw’s Blog, not all threats are protected. Hyperbole (exaggeration) or jokes are protected free speech. A true threat is a threat “that a reasonable person could interpret as a real and serious communication of an intent to inflict harm. There is a disagreement with the courts on whether or not the speaker has to actually intend the speech to be a threat, or is it enough that a reasonable person saying those words would intend it to be considered a true threat.
No word yet if the FBI or other authorities are investigating this “may go missing” incident.