Black Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Protect Confederate Statues in Florida

Well, this is a different turn of events. A black lawmaker in Florida has introduced a bill to prevent the removal and destruction of Confederate statues, instead of tearing them down.

Representative Mike Hall is a very conservative politician who has introduced a bill to protect historical Confederate statues in the Sunshine State. He is also black.

According to Campus Reform:

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Republican state Rep. Mike Hill proposed the “Soldiers’ and Heroes’ Monuments and Memorials Protection Act” to ensure the preservation of “remembrances” constructed on public property from Mar. 22, 1822 and onward, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

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Such memorials “may only be relocated, removed, altered, renamed, rededicated or otherwise disturbed if necessary to accommodate construction, repair, or improvements to the remembrance or to the surrounding property,” according to the bill. While governments have bypassed similar laws by selling land on which Confederate memorials are located and permitting the new owner to remove them, Hill’s bill stipulates that sale of public property containing a memorial must result in the memorial occupying a position of “equal prominence.”

Hill’s bill came after Florida State University removed a statue to former Tallahassee Mayor Francis Eppes who was a supporter of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The cowardly school removed the statue without notice and in the middle of the night.

Hill slammed those who want to tear down such statues.

“It will not change any person’s life today by tearing down a Confederate monument or tearing down a statue or tearing down a cross,” Hill said recently. “It will not change any person’s life by doing that. What it will do is prevent someone from learning the history of why it was there in the first place.”

Hill is also a supporter of a convention of states.

Here is a recent clip of Rep. Hill advocating for a convention of states to change the Constitution to “reign in the power of the federal government.”

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