No doubt you’ve heard the news coming out of New Orleans about Confederate memorials, statues, and monuments. Just recently, the City Council voted to remove Confederate relics after a succession of contentious public meetings.
But people in Louisiana aren’t the only ones fired up over this new move. The state of Alabama has responded to their fellow Southern state’s actions by proposing a new law on the issue. Specifically, the Alabama Senate passed a bill that would prevent the removal of historic Confederate monuments.
According to the bill, prohibited actions include “the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of any architecturally significant building, memorial building, memorial street, or monument that has stood on public property for 40 or more years.”
While the proposal doesn’t expressly use the term “Confederate monuments,” changes in Louisiana spurred the new legislation, as Alabama’s decision came on the same day New Orleans removed the last of four Confederate statues.
Lawmakers who support the bill have described what’s happening in Louisiana as a “wave of political correctness,” and believe the removal of historic monuments is a step backwards in protecting history.
But just like in New Orleans, there is contention over the new bill. Proponents say the removal of such monuments sanitizes history, while those opposed point out that the monuments harken back to a time when a large number of Alabamans were oppressed.
Other lawmakers believe that a statewide bill isn’t the way to go, and are calling for the decision to be placed in the hands of local governments.
The bill is currently awaiting approval Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey.
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