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Erasing History: Georgia Democrats Push to Expunge the Confederate Side of the US Civil War

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The Grind:
A group of Democrat state lawmakers in Georgia are seeking the destruction of one of the most iconic symbols of the Confederacy as they attempt to move legislation to expunge the South from the US Civil War. Reps. Shelly Hutchinson (D-Snellville) and Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) announced proposed legislation that would prohibit Confederate monuments across the State of Georgia. It would also put Stone Mountain Park, a reserve with a massive carving honoring Confederate leaders, on the chopping block.

The Details:
Hutchinson and Mitchell were joined by other legislators and activists at the state Capitol where their indifference to the whole of US history was on display. “The reality is, it’s not a matter of if these symbols come down,” Mitchell said. “It’s just when.”

Their proposed legislation, HB237 and HB238, would both remove protections for Confederate monuments – protections that are currently written into Georgia law, but prohibit tributes “related to the Confederate States of America, slave owners or persons advocating for slavery” on public property. Read more…

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