Mike Hill, the first black state representative elected from the Panhandle since the Civil War, introduced the bill and argues the memorials should be preserved because of their educational value.
According to the Miami News Times, It would become illegal to remove any of those memorials — plus the Confederate flag and other symbols, as well as street and school names honoring Confederate soldiers — under a bill proposed by a Republican state lawmaker from Pensacola.
“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 tells New Times. “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.”
Hills has a point, removing items from the history of our Country makes it much easier to cast doubt on the truth’s of our past, thus opening the door for non factual “stories or accounts” of things that happened good or bad, that changed our Country’s direction.
“Slavery was a part of it,” Hill says. “And we as a nation overcame that; we fought a terrible war — over 600,000 people died — so that we could rid this nation of slavery. I think that is something that we shouldn’t erase or try to run away from. That is something that we should understand, know and be proud of, that we were a nation that did that.”
Hill also noted that “It’s ridiculous to spend money like that because somebody says their feelings were hurt,” he also told the times. “Why should we spend public money to protect someone’s feelings?”
Hill also took to Fox News to discuss his recent proposed bill, WATCH:
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