House votes to penalize Memphis $250K for removing Confederate monuments

In approving a state budget on Tuesday, the House voted 56-31 for an amendment that strips $250,000 in state money earmarked for helping finance the City of Memphis bicentennial celebrations next year – effectively penalizing the city’s removal of Confederate monuments from former city parks late last year.

From The Commercial Appeal report:

Rep. Steve McDaniel, R-Parkers Crossroads, who has been an outspoken advocate for the preservation of historical monuments, sponsored the amendment.

“What this amendment does is it removes $250,000 from the budget that is designated to go to the city of Memphis for their bicentennial celebration,” he said on the House floor. “If you recall, back in December, Memphis did something that removed historical markers in the city. It was the city of Memphis that did this, and it was full knowing it was not the will of the legislature.”

During Tuesday’s floor session, Democrats argued the amendment was vindictive. Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis, called it the most “vile, racist” effort he had seen and said Republicans viewed Forrest “as if he was God.”

Rep. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, called the amendment “un-Christian.”

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

But Republicans members in the House were unswayed.

Defending the amendment, Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, argued that “bad actions” have “bad consequences.”

Note: One Democrat, Rep. John Mark Windle of Livingston, was among the 56 in favor of the amendment. Eight Republicans were among the 31 voting no: Reps. Jim Coley of Memphis, Jeremy Faison of Cosby, Ron Lollar of Bartlett, Jerome Moon of Maryville, Eddie Smith of Knoxville, Mike Sparks of Smyrna, Mark White of Memphis and Kevin Vaughan of Collierville.

The budget bill is HB2644 and awaits a Senate vote. Recorded voted on the bill and various amendments are HERE. Amendment 5 is the provision that takes out the $250,000 for Memphis. The legislative website says it was sponsored by Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough).

7 Responses to House votes to penalize Memphis $250K for removing Confederate monuments

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    you idiots!!! says:

    In New Orleans the Blacks did the same thing, in that they removed statues of historical figures without researching the background of those men. One of them, John McDonogh, owned sugar plantations and slaves. He sold the sugar, educated the slaves in Math, English and a trade such as Bookkeeping, Teaching, etc. Mr. McDonogh also began a trust fund which funded New Orleans entire school district into perpetuity. The schools were numbered McDonogh # 1, # 2 ……….# 43. His name was removed from every one of those schools save one, McDonogh # 35 which still exists to this day because he was a “slave owner.” Does that make sense to anyone? (CRICKETS!) And by the way McDonugh # 35 continues to be the most productive school in New Orleans. THINK ABOUT IT!

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    John W Niven Jr says:

    Strickland, Conrad, Colvett, Spinosa, Morgan, this is just the start.


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    Eddie White says:

    I love the city of Memphis. I have been many times and enjoyed great food, historical locations, and even some UT football games at the Liberty Bowl. I plan to go back. But what Memphis did last year was wrong. Yes, the city of Memphis is in the state of Tennessee and the state should support the city. But it also means that Memphis should respect the laws and legislative decisions of Tennessee. It works both ways. The legislature was within their rights to respond to the actions of Memphis. No, this is not a racist position. The legislators who passed the bill are not racist. We are asking the communities of Tennessee to respect the history of our state and the actions of the Tennessee Historical Commission.

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    Leslie Parsley says:

    Petty, shortsighted and stupid. It doesn’t have a thing to do with history but everything to do with racism. Whoever heard of the losing side in a war insist on preserving monuments to their loss?

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    Eddie White says:

    There are plenty of states up north that have no confederate statues if it bothers you that much.

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    William Upton says:

    Congratulations to the TN Legislature for punishing Memphis for their silly PC crap! BS it’s racism! It has to do with trying to change history. If racist beliefs were the beliefs of the time then that is history. Racism is part of history get used to it. I think it was Lincoln who said if people don’t learn history they will be doomed to repeat. If it bothers some snowflakes that much then they should move up north and find out what the Yankees really think.

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    Darryl says:

    Wow… Let Memphis actually pay for it’s own Bi-centenial… The LEFT coast of Tennessee needs help, All taxpayers don’t need to help them pay>>>>>>

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