Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Bill protecting Confederate monuments passes La. House after fiery debate

Bill protecting Confederate monuments passes La. House after fiery debate

The Confederate monument drama in New Orleans has since spread to other areas of the state where residents want to see such statues taken down.

The bill was sponsored by Rep Thomas Carmody Jr (R), who called the bill "a ideal exercise of democracy". "While it's certainly part of our history, can we say it's the best part?"

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

Immediately after the proposal passed, every black representative gathered their belongings and walked out of the room. A third monument was in the process of coming down Tuesday night.

In a lopsided vote that broke largely along party lines, House Republicans passed a bill banning the removal of public monuments to the Confederacy unless local voters approve the idea. It bars local governments and municipalities from removing plaques and statues for "military figures" and events, without a public vote.

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. The entirety of the Legislative Black Caucus voted against it.

The bill was sponsored by Rep Thomas Carmody Jr (R), pictured left, who called the bill "a ideal exercise of democracy".

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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.

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.

House lawmakers approved House Bill 71 - the so-called "monuments bill" - on Monday, May 15.

He also said he wants to protect Southern heritage, according to The Advocate.

New Orleans-area Democrats Gary Carter, John Bagneris, Joseph Bouie, Jimmy Harris, Walt Leger and Helena Moreno voted against it. Neil Abramson was absent.

The bill will not affect the four New Orleans monuments set for removal.

On Saturday night, white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, led by alt-right leader Richard Spencer held a tiki torch-lit rally at the foot of a Confederate monument to protest the town's recent decision to remove statues of Lee and Stonewall Jackson. "We are not going to fix this without resources". "We put more in our football fields than we do in our roads". They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News.

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