Tag Archives: Confederacy

Confederate Names May Be Restored To VA Schools

NBC News reports: A Virginia board is considering restoring the names of two schools that were originally named for Confederate generals but were changed in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd. The Shenandoah County School Board voted in 2020 to change Stonewall Jackson High School to Mountain View High School and Ashby-Lee Elementary School to Honey Run Elementary School. …

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Protesters Shout Down Georgia Confederate Rally

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: About 200 members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans gathered at Stone Mountain on Saturday for an observation of Confederate Memorial Day, despite calls for the state-owned park to shut them down. Instead, a little more than 100 counter protesters descended down the wide lawn in front of the mountain’s gigantic bas relief carving of Confederate …

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New Florida Park “Honors” Confederate War Veterans

First Coast News reports: A new park honoring the over 15,000 soldiers involved in the Confederate war effort is now open in North Florida. Kirby-Smith Confederate Park is located in Lincoln Villas in the Northeast Jacksonville area. The park is visible from the I-295 west beltway, and features Confederate flags, statuary and placards. The park’s website claims that the Confederate …

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GA Man Charged With Murder Of Black Jogger Doesn’t Want Jury To Hear About His Confederate Vanity Plate

Atlanta’s Fox News affiliate reports: One of the men accused of chasing and murdering Ahmaud Arbery is fighting to ban certain photo evidence from his upcoming trial. Travis McMichael and his attorneys have requested that the court ban a photo of his old Georgia flag-theme vanity license plate, which includes a Confederate emblem. In response, the state asked the court …

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Massive Robert E. Lee Statue Comes Down In Virginia

Richmond’s CBS News affiliate reports: Crews began the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue Wednesday morning — one of the largest remaining monuments to the Confederacy in the United States. The 13-ton, bronze likeness of Lee on a horse will be hoisted off its 40-foot pedestal, 131 years after it was erected in the former capital …

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Tennessee To Remove KKK Leader’s Bust From Capitol

Nashville’s ABC News affiliate reports: A Tennessee panel has moved forward on a final vote to remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest from the Tennessee Capitol. The bust of the Confederate general and KKK Grand Wizard still sat in the Capitol, months after a vote to remove it and two other statues. Thursday’s vote from the State Building Commission was the …

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Robert E. Lee Statue Finally Removed In Charlottesville

The Associated Press reports: A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was hoisted away from its place of prominence in Charlottesville on Saturday and carted off to storage, years after its threatened removal became a rallying point for white supremacists and inspired their violent 2017 rally that left a woman dead and dozens injured. Work to remove the statue …

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120 GOP Reps Vote To Keep Confederate Statues

CBS News reports: The House on Tuesday approved legislation to remove statues of Confederate officials from the U.S. Capitol, as well as a bust of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision in 1857 that ruled Black people were not entitled to citizenship. The legislation passed with a vote of 285 to 120, …

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SC Closes State Offices For “Confederate Memorial Day”

Fox News reports: South Carolina will close state government offices Monday to mark Confederate Memorial Day. Some local government offices will also close in observation of the holiday, held every year on May 10. South Carolina is among a handful of states in the South with such an official holiday. South Carolina chose May 10 because it is the day …

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MS Gov Proclaims It To Be Confederate Heritage Month

The Mississippi Free Press reports: Despite asking Gov. Tate Reeves’ office since late March if he planned to again declare April as Confederate Heritage Month with no response, this publication just found what appears to be this year’s proclamation. The new document, which Reeves apparently signed on April 7, 2021, appears on the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ Camp 265 Rankin …

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Pentagon Has 3 Years To Change Confederate Names

Politico reports: Lawmakers’ rebuke of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tank annual defense policy legislation last week has paved the way for a yearslong process to remove the names of Confederate leaders from military bases and scrub other monuments to the secession. But there are still unanswered questions about the nascent process, which must kick off by March, including who …

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Trump To Veto Defense Funding Bill Over Base Names

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump is threatening to veto legislation to fund the military as one of his final acts in office unless a widely supported, bipartisan provision to rename military bases honoring Confederate military leaders is removed, according to White House, defense and congressional sources. Since the Nov. 3 election, Trump has privately told Republican lawmakers that he …

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Confederate Statue Removed In Charlottesville [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: A crowd cheered Saturday as workers in Charlottesville removed a Confederate statue near the site of a violent white nationalist rally three years ago. The removal of a bronze figure of a Confederate soldier known as “At Ready” is seen in Charlottesville as a milestone in eliminating divisive symbols of the Civil War. The Washington Post reports …

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Mississippi Selects Flag Design, Voters Must Approve

USA Today reports: A state commission selected the Magnolia Flag to be the next flag of Mississippi. Voters will decide in November whether to approve it or restart the process. The commission voted Wednesday to recommend the flag over one other final design that featured a shield with wavy lines representing water. The final designs were selected out of about …

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Mississippi Sorry For Listing Mosquito Flag As Finalist

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports: A viral design being proposed as the new state flag for Mississippi originated as a joke and was only included in a list of finalists due to a typo, according to officials. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) is currently narrowing down options to replace its current flag after lawmakers voted to remove the …

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Trump: Renaming Of Confederate Bases Won’t Happen

The Oklahoman reports: Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, predicted that a provision would be removed from the bill that requires the 10 military bases named after Confederate generals to be renamed. Inhofe said he spoke with President Donald Trump on Thursday about the provision, which the president and Inhofe oppose. “We’re going to see …

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Senate Approves Defense Bill By Veto Proof Majority, Bill Mandates Axing Confederate Names From Bases

USA Today reports: The Senate overwhelmingly passed a massive defense bill Thursday afternoon that includes the removal of Confederate names from army bases and creates a possible showdown between Congress and President Donald Trump, who opposes renaming the bases. The bill passed by a lopsided count of 86 to 14, well over the number required to override a presidential veto. …

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House Votes 305-113 To Remove Confederate Statues From US Capitol Hall, All No Votes Were Republicans

Courthouse News reports: A bipartisan House voted to remove statues of historical figures who served the Confederacy from the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, giving the building’s architect $2 million and four months to complete the job. The bill, which passed the House by a 305-113 vote, mainly targets 12 statues in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall memorializing Confederate leaders, along with a …

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WH Vows Veto Of Defense Bill Over Confederate Names

The Hill reports: The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto an annual defense policy legislation in part because it includes a provision that would direct the Pentagon to rename military bases currently named after Confederate leaders. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a statement hours before a House vote on the massive $740.5 billion defense policy bill …

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GOP Fears Backlash If Trump Vetoes Defense Spending Bill Over Amendment To Change Military Base Names

The Hill reports: Senate Republicans fear President Trump is putting them into a political no-win situation by threatening to veto a popular defense policy bill over bipartisan language to rename military bases named after Confederate generals. GOP lawmakers are trying to wave the president off his veto threat and may end up delaying the bill to avoid a political disaster …

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