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

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Tennessee’s House of Representatives enacted an amendment Tuesday to punish Memphis for selling Confederate monuments to a nonprofit which proceeded to remove them by stripping the city of $250,000.

The state House voted 56-31 to strip the city of funding for its bicentennial celebration after Memphis’ sale of parks containing statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest to a nonprofit which then took them down, reported Commercial Appeal.

“If you recall, back in December, Memphis did something that removed historical markers in the city,” Tennessee Republican Rep. Steve McDaniel said at the House. “It was the city of Memphis that did this, and it was full knowing it was not the will of the legislature.”

Democrats were not pleased with the amendment, with Memphis Democrat Rep. Antonio Parkinson calling it “vile, racist” and claiming Republicans viewed Confederate general and former Ku Klux Klan leader Forrest “as if he was [sic] God.”

“This amendment and the explanation is hateful, it is unkind, it is un-Christian and it is unfair,” Parkinson said. “Memphis is a city in this state, and I am sick of people in this House acting like it’s not.”

But Republican Rep. Andy Holt supported the initiative, arguing that “bad actions” have “bad consequences.”

 

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