Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Moving Confederate statues could prove costly for Memphis

A statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest seen in August 2017 in Memphis Tenn. The statue and one of Confederate President Jefferson Davis were removed last year Tennessee Strips Memphis Of Celebration Money For City's Removal Of Confederate Statues
Freda Brock | 19 April, 2018, 04:45

"What this amendment does is it removes $250,000 from the budget that is designated to go to the city of Memphis for their bicentennial celebration", said Representative Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads), on the House floor.

The amendment, sponsored by Republican Matthew Hill, passed along with the $37.5 million budget.

"From Scopes Monkey Trial, to 10 Commandments resolution of '96, &now to punishment of #Memphis for removing statues that honor leaders of the Confederacy, the TN House of Representatives sadly continues to embarrass #Tennessee across the nation", Cohen tweeted.

"It means we are at a point in our state when our lop-sided Republican government has decided it will openly punish political opponents and use government force to do it", Harris said in his statement. The measure was approved via a 56-31 vote. "Memphis is a city in this state, and I am sick of people in this House acting like it's not".

Lawmakers in Tennessee's Republican-dominated Legislature had vowed to punish Memphis for removing the monuments. "You remove money from a city because we removed your God from our grounds", Parkinson said, referring to the statue of the long-dead KKK leader.

The amendment's sponsor, Rep. Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads) - who is a vocal advocate for preserving historical monuments - made it abundantly clear that this was introduced as a effect of Memphis' decision.

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Memphis used a loophole in a state law to remove the statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis from two parks in December.

A Republican lawmaker from Chattanooga who grew up in Memphis told fellow lawmakers that he loved the city but this was about obeying at least the spirit of a law to protect historical monuments.

Democrats expressed sentiments of shame and disgust at their colleagues' cruel retaliation tactic against Memphis.

Not every House member is here for the budget cut decision, however.

And Democratic Rep. Raumesh Akbari said the amendment was "unkind, it is un-Christian and it is unfair". Rep. Andy Holt, (R-Dresden), maintained that "bad actions" have "bad consequences".

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