New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered a powerful speech last month justifying his city’s removal of Confederate statues from public spaces. “These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history,” Landrieu said. “These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.”
Within days of Landrieu’s speech, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey took pains to extend the unnatural life of the Confederacy. Ivey signed a bill designed to preserve and cherish her state’s monuments to the death, enslavement and terror that Landrieu had just renounced.
The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act prohibits local governments or civic groups from removing historical monuments from public property if the monuments have been in place for at least 40 years.
Republican State Senator Gerald Allen, who proposed the bill, issued a statement denying that ...
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