Louisiana House passes bill protecting Confederate statues
- Author: Annette Adams May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 4:48
"I applaud the bipartisan vote in Ways and Means on a bill to dedicate new revenue today that helps us move forward to improve and fix the crumbling infrastructure that Bobby Jindal left behind", Gene Reynolds, D-Minden, House Democratic Caucus Chairman said.
The bill, which still has to go through the Louisiana State Senate, would need a popular vote before military memorials are "altered, removed, relocated, or destroyed", by local governments according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
"My bill in its current posture is a ideal exercise of democracy", said Rep. Thomas Carmody, who sponsored the bill.
An identical bill by Sen. They said working families are struggling in a state with one of the nation's highest unemployment rates and can't afford new charges at the gas pump. The Liberty Monument, left, was taken down on April 24 and the statue of Jefferson Davis, right, was taken down on May 11. But he says he's reached out to black caucus members to encourage "healing".
Robert Travis Scott, president of Public Affairs Research (PAR) Council, a non-partisan public policy think tank in Baton Rouge who served on the transportation task force, said his skepticism has changed throughout the decades he has been following this issue.
One outraged voice was Rep. Gary Carter of New Orleans, who was incensed at what the state's GOP was trying to do, and let his colleagues know it. "We put more in our football fields than we do in our roads".
"We were and are wounded because the bill attempts to rewrite history by honoring those who not only rebelled against the United States, but who fought to maintain man's greatest inhumanity to man", state Rep. Joseph Bouie (D) said at a press conference Tuesday, May 16, surrounded by several members of the Black caucus. Karen Carter-Peterson, D-New Orleans.
Landrieu promised not to do so until the outcome of the lawsuit was determined, but even after the Fifth Circuit upheld a ruling by U.S. District Judge Barbier that the statues must come down, death threats against the family of the first contractor hired to remove the monuments caused him to pull out.
'These monuments have stood not as historic or educational markers of our legacy of slavery and segregation, but in celebration of it. We, too, have a history. Burnt in effigy, forever, is the symbol of Mayor Mitch Landrieu for up-ending what the monument protectors consider to be the loving civil society of New Orleans.