Warren Love — a Republican member of Missouri’s House of Representatives — just posted a thinly veiled racist threat to his Facebook page.
Rep. Love shared a story from a local news outlet reporting on a Confederate monument that was vandalized at the Springfield National Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. Love added his own commentary to the post, saying, “This is totally against the law. I hope they are found & hung from a tall tree with a long rope.”
The monument itself is adorned with an unknown Confederate soldier with the words, “THEY FOUGHT FOR THE RIGHT OF SELF GOVERNEMENT[sic]” on one side and “THOSE WHO DIE FOR A RIGHT PRINCIPLE DO NOT DIE IN VAIN” on another. Another facet of the statue in the Springfield National Cemetery shows the likeness of Major General Sterling Price of the Confederacy, who was also the 11th Governor of Missouri.
Of course, the monument doesn’t mention the fact that the Confederacy was a group of states that turned traitor against their own country in order to maintain an economic system that depended on permanently enslaved black people providing free labor. Even Robert E. Lee — who was the Confederacy’s top general — wrote multiple letters advising his fellow former Confederate generals to not erect monuments honoring the Confederacy to avoid “keep[ing] open the sores of war.”
This is far from the first example of racism from the Missouri legislature. The NAACP issued its first-ever statewide travel advisory for African Americans traveling through Missouri in response to Republican Governor Eric Greitens signing Senate Bill 43 into law, which would make it harder for victims of employment discrimination to prove they were discriminated against. Rep. Love was one of the 103 Republicans who voted for the bill when it came to the House.
So far, the perpetrators behind the vandalism of the Confederate monument have not been apprehended. The post is still up on Rep. Love’s page and no apology has been issued as of this writing. Calls to Rep. Love’s office have not yet been returned.
Scott Alden covers national politics, education, and environmental issues for Grit Post. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in Inkster, Michigan.