The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017 is not about preserving our state’s history, but about protecting Confederate monuments that celebrate white supremacy and a time in which an entire race was enslaved and oppressed.
That is evidenced by its origin, as it was first introduced after the former governor ordered removal of Confederate flags from the State Capitol.
These racist symbols have no place on government property, where they counter our nation’s core principle to ensure liberty and justice for all. Other states and municipalities are removing these monuments from public property and placing them in museums, where people can learn the full history of slavery, the Civil War and the Confederacy. That’s where they belong.
By signing this bill, Gov. Kay Ivey indicates that lauding white supremacy is more important than demonstrating equality for all Alabamians.