Tennessee Strips Memphis Of Celebration Money For City's Removal Of Confederate Statues

Katie Ramirez
April 19, 2018

In what can only be described as a retaliatory measure, the Republican-led Tennessee House voted Tuesday for a last minute amendment to a budget resolution that stripped the city of Memphis of $250,000 that was earmarked for its bicentennial celebration.

"If you remember back in December, Memphis did some thing which removed historic markers in the metropolis", McDaniel stated on the home floor.

Among those modification's sponsors, state Rep. Steve McDaniel, confessed it is in retaliation to get Memphis eliminating the fascist statues.

The move reportedly came in response to the city's decision to remove two confederate statues previous year from a city park - one of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and another of Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Now, the city is being punished by the state legislature.

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"This amendment and the explanation is hateful, it is unkind, it is un-Christian and it is unfair", said Representative Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis). Alas, the fact that Holt would deem the removal of racist statues as a "bad" action is very telling of their party's values. The city took an unconventional route that critics said was illegal.

City leaders voted in 2013 to change the name of three parks that honored Confederate figures in Memphis. Tennessee House Republicans strongly opposed removing the statues, however, and have called for an investigation into the legality of the parks' sale. To proceed with the removal, they sought a waiver against your Tennessee Heritage Protection Act, a law which governs move, the removal or renaming of memorials on public property. Strickland said that the parks were marketed to Memphis green space, a nonprofit for about $ 1000 each and every. The organization was incorporated after the law's passage in October, Strickland said.

Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of stripping the funds argued that the city was erasing history.

The skirmish over the amendment highlights the tension that often arises between the mostly-black, Democratic city and the largely-white and rural conservative Republicans that dominate the state legislature.

Democrats in the House condemned the move, which came in the form of a last-minute amendment to an appropriations bill and triggered a heated debate.

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