JOHNNIE TURNER: “I’m not comparing the Confederacy with Adolf Hitler. I’m just saying during the time that he reigned, there were statues everywhere. But today, you would have to look far and wide.”
STEVE MCDANIEL: “Much of what you said just makes my point for me.”
Web ExtraWhile debate around HB0533 is about Civil War sites, the legislation includes every conflict from the French and Indian War to Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). The legislation refers to the Civil War as the “War Between the States.”
The proposal casts a wide net, saying “no statue, monument, memorial, nameplate or plaque which has been erected for, or named or dedicated in honor of” a war and is located on public property cannot be “relocated, removed, altered, renamed, rededicated or otherwise disturbed.”
Also, streets, buildings or parks named for any historical military figure or organization can be renamed.
And finally, the legislation suggests governmental entities responsible for monuments have to take proper care of them.
An amendment adopted by the state House allowed the Tennessee historical commission to grant waivers.