Louisiana House backs ban on removal of Confederate statues

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As a bill that would require a local vote before removing Confederate monuments advances in the Legislature, we're hearing what Gov. John Bel Edwards has to say about the controversy.

Carmody's bill would prohibit the removal of any monument on public property commemorating a historic military figure or event unless voters agree in an election. Next, the bill will be headed to the Louisiana state senate, which will considering passing it on to the governor's desk ― the GOP now controls the Senate by nine votes.

Former U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness said the bill is about protecting military veteran monuments.

"If those monuments are removed, they ought to be put somewhere in a historically accurate, factual, appropriate setting. like a museum", he said. I believe we must remember all of our history, but we need not revere it, ' Landrieu said in a statement Thursday, according to the site.

Members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus claim that House Bill 71 is rooted in white supremacy.

Edwards said the Confederate-era monuments in New Orleans are on city property and owned by the city.

Several Democrats - especially members of the black caucus - spoke out against the Carmody's bill, calling it "offensive".

Nationally, the debate over Confederate symbols has flared since nine black parishioners were shot to death by an avowed racist at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.

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Rep. Joseph Bouie, caucus chairman, urged the Senate to strike down Rep. Thomas Carmody's proposal, but Bouie said there are no plans to retaliate legislatively.

Carmody's own town of Shreveport has been embroiled in debate over what to do with a Confederate monument in front of the parish courthouse.

Carmody was the only lawmaker to speak in favor of the bill Monday.

"This is a very hard issue for a lot of people", he said. The Liberty Monument, left, was taken down on April 24 and the statue of Jefferson Davis, right, was taken down on May 11.

Rep Gary Carter (D) argued:'In my city, the City of New Orleans, should we have a statue or memorial for someone who fought for my enslavement?

'It was disgusting. We just couldn't stay.

Pierre McGraw, president of the Monumental Task Committee, which brought the lawsuits against the city, said during an afternoon news conference across the street from the Beauregard statue that he didn't see any way to save it. "Because it's so emotional, people have come forward and said, 'We would at least like the opportunity to vote on these statues".

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