Jonestown mayor posts message saying African American community should focus on stopping killings

WATCH: Jonestown mayor posts message saying African American community should focus on stopping killings

JONESTOWN, Miss. — The Mayor of Jonestown, Mississippi posted to Facebook that the African American community needs to commit as much energy to stop black on black killing as it has to the protests in Minneapolis.

In Jonestown, the reaction to the mayor’s post differed from person to person.

Jerome Lockett of Jonestown agreed with the mayor 100 percent and that he heard the mayor talking about it yesterday.

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“It is a shame. Black on black killing, I don't think it should be going on,” Lockett explained. “Everybody should be trying to get along and stop all this violence against each other, whether its black or white. We got this pandemic going on and folks are steady killing each other. It don't make no sense.”

One woman said she doesn't think black on black crime has anything to do with it.

“Black on black, I don't know about that. I can't say, but I know I think we need to get together and pray as one. You know black on black, I really don't understand that but I think what they did was wrong.”

Lockett believed the mayor’s statement was spot on.

“Yeah it's going on every day it don't make no sense,” Lockett said. “I don't know why folks are killing each other like that.”

FOX13 reached out to Jonestown Mayor Kenneth Lester for a comment.

He said he was out of town on business.