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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:54 PM

Texas set to remove Confederate plaque from state Capitol

Source: Associated Press


Paul J. Weber, Associated Press
Updated 1:01 pm CST, Friday, January 11, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott agreed Friday to remove a plaque in the state Capitol that rejects slavery as the underlying cause of the Civil War, bending after years of resistance by state Republican leaders in the face of Confederate monuments falling nationwide.

A unanimous vote by the State Preservation Board, which Abbott chairs, ordered the removal of the 60-year-old plaque that pledges to teach "the truths of history," adding that "one of the most important of which is that the war between the states was not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery."

But Abbott and state leaders resisted acting on similar calls in Texas, and the governor made no comment after Friday's vote. Texas Republicans had been resolute after the Charlottesville rally that tearing down Confederate markers wouldn't change history, but pressure intensified after a black lawmaker from Dallas began condemning the plaque that hangs near his Capitol office as historically indefensible.

Dallas state Rep. Eric Johnson appeared unsure after Friday's vote whether efforts to remove other Confederate symbols at the Texas Capitol would become easier.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/Path-cleared-for-Confederate-plaque-removal-in-13526535.php

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:56 PM

1. Let's remove the Confederate plague from every state and national Capitol...

Oh, wait - you said "plaque!"

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:06 PM

2. Way past time to remove that disgusting old plaque.

The fact that Greg Abbott, a right-wing political whore of the lowest order, took a public stance on this matter, shows that things are continuing to change for the better in Texas. Way too slow and incremental, but change, nonetheless.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:06 PM

3. Only because he sees the wind shifting

Following the Charlottesville rally in August 2017, Abbott said racism and hate-filled violence was never acceptable, but that "tearing down monuments won't erase our nation's past."

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:41 PM

4. If tearing down monuments won't erase our past, what the fuck are they fighting it for?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:52 PM

5. The Confederate "History" So Many Are so "Proud" of is a History of Treason and Slavery

Any symbols honoring this wretched bloody history should be torn down.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:02 PM

6. I support flying the last confederate flag.

You know, the white one.

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