George Lambus, a conservative Republican, calls for lynchings to be re-established as part of his mayoral campaign platform in Jackson, Miss.
The 62-year old candidate in the mostly black, mostly Democratic city has targeted white neighborhoods with flyers, which slam his Democratic rivals and call for a different solution to crime. From his flyer: "Incompetent negro Democrats at City Hall, negroes without civic pride, negro criminals and corrupt negro police officers have just about driven this city into the ground. Any Negro Democrat running for mayor who tells you that he or she can reduce crime and bring jobs to Jackson is a damn lie. They only want to be mayor for the salary. Job creation is contingent upon the economy improving, and crime can only be alleviated by a noose and a stout tree limb. I will provide the noose, and when the economy improves, I will get the jobs here."
Lambus defended his views to the AP: "Look at recent history, like in South Africa, when apartheid was abolished. Blacks went on a crime spree. Other Blacks got tired of it...and they formed vigilantes and they killed people. It brought crime down....When you cut your yard, carry a gun. When you go to church, carry a gun. When you go to school, carry a gun.
"The Mississippi Republican Party is not supporting Lambus' candidacy. GOP Chairman Brad White said Lambus' message doesn't reflect "the values that we represent."I know he is 62 years old, but what American uses the term Negro in a serious manner? E.g, on campaign literature. My 88-year-old Grandma doesn't even say Negro. No wonder my family left Mississippi back in 1923.