Alabama lawmakers passed a bill on Friday that prevents the changing of the names and the removal of historic Confederate monuments.
Republican Sen. Gerald Allen, the bill’s sponsor, slammed what he feels as a “wave of political correctness” that targets monuments that were erected as tribute to people who are important to history, despite their flaws.
The state’s black lawmakers opposed the bill at every step, arguing that the existence of these monuments solidifies the legacy of slavery.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Are you good with the sanitizing of history as we are seeing in New Orleans?” inquired Rep. Mack Butler, a Republican lawmaker, to which the bill’s detractors responded that the decision to remove or rename Confederate memorials should fall to smaller governments within the state.
The measure prohibits “the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of any architecturally significant building, memorial building, memorial street, or monument” that have stood for over 40 years on public property.
The bill was passed by both the House and Senate of the state of Alabama and now awaits the signature of Gov. Kay Ivey.
Alabama’s move comes on the same day as the city government of New Orleans removed the last of four Confederate statues.