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Stone Mtn boycott backer: Backlash ugly, enlightening

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- When she called for a boycott of Stone Mountain Park, Georgia State Rep. LaDawn Jones (D-Atlanta) says she knew she might face a backlash.

And she says she got it. Rep. Jones wants the state-owned Stone Mountain Park to remove its displays of Confederate battle flags. She says she has gotten an abundance of email in the last few days.

One suggested she should be grateful for slavery.

"You owe your very existence to those dark times," a critic wrote to the African American lawmaker.

A writer also suggested that a physical conflict could result. "Rest assured you will be met at the gates of Stone Mountain by my Southern brothers and myself on the day that you come to take the flags down."

But Rep. Jones says the Confederate flag backlash has also opened her eyes.

"Getting a lot of strong, hateful messages, regarding white supremacy and go back to Africa, all of those type of things," Jones said Thursday at her Auburn Avenue law office. "But I'm also getting an equal amount of (constructive) people who really want me to take a look at their belief that it's about their heritage. And its not all hateful speech."

Jones says one emailer suggested adding material at Stone Mountain Park that expands the park's Civil War story to include slavery.

Jones says as far as she's concerned, the Confederate battle flag could stay at Stone Mountain Park as long as the park told all sides of the Civil War story.