Tennessee Legislature Cancel Cultures Historic Fee for the Crime of Abolishing Clan Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest

Another Nathan Bedford Forrest statue (Brent Moore / CC by SA 2.0 [Creative Commons])

Who will actually defend the Ku Klux Klan in 2021?

That should be a rhetorical question, but sadly it isn’t, as members of the Tennessee Legislature are madly fighting to have the State Historical Commission remove a bust of the Confederate General and Klan wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest from their prominent place in the capital in the United States has relocated the Tennessee State Museum.

“In our culture today there seems to be a desire to cancel history, to break off culture, to break off narratives that are only based on facts. I think that’s a dangerous precedent, ”Tullahoma Republican Senator Janice Bowling told the Nashville WTVF. The Senator couldn’t explain why it was imperative that the government continue a narrative embodied by a notorious racist who slaughtered hundreds of black and white Union troops in the Fort Pillow Massacre and the vicious oppression of blacks in the south symbolized after the uprising.

“Forrest represents pain, suffering and brutal crimes against African Americans, and that pain is very real to our Tennesseans as they walk through the halls of our statehouse and evaluate how it could be one of the nine busts raised to a place of awe “Republican Governor Bill Lee told the Historical Society when testifying in support of the statue’s removal.

And yet the members of the House of Lords of State are so furious that they are trying to dissolve the Historical Commission in its entirety and replace it with a new body they like better. While the current commission consists of 24 members, including the historian, librarian, archaeologist, archivist and state environmental and nature protection officer, the rest are governors, they have proposed a bill to create a new twelve-member commission with nine members drawn directly from the To be appointed by state legislators.

This draft law removes the current legal requirement regarding the academic qualifications of certain Commission officers. This bill also deletes the current law that encourages the Appointing Authority to appoint members of different age and race.

Nice what?

The move is supported in both houses of the legislature, which are under the control of the majority of Republicans. It left the Senate Government’s Operations Committee yesterday with 5-4 votes and is to be discussed on March 23 in the House’s Sub-Committee for Departments and Agencies.

Because the past is never dead, it isn’t even over.

Bill would remove all members of the historic commission [WFTV]

Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore, where she writes on law and politics.

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