Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has set her sights on the removal of Confederate generals’ names from street signs in Hollywood, Florida, and she wants the removal of a statue currently standing in the National Statuary Hall in Washington.
Wassermann Schultz is requesting that local leaders in Hollywood remove the names of Robert E. Lee, John Bell Hood and Nathan Bedford Forrest from the street signs.
In July, a 5-2 preliminary vote by Hollywood city officials was in favor of ridding of the signs. Those who support her plan conclude the city should no longer be honoring Confederate officers. As they see it, these men fought to preserve slavery.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, “A one-day special session has been requested for the Florida legislature in Tallahassee to discuss the matter.” The request was made in a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and other Republicans in the state, according to the newspaper.
An excerpt from the letter reads, “We must denounce symbols of white supremacy and stand up for love and compassion — not just with our words, but with our deeds. No family visiting our nation’s Capitol should have to explain to their child that the statue representing our state honors someone who fought for a philosophy built on hatred, inequality and oppression.”
However, opponents believe that removing the names equates to erasing history and assert that the generals served with honor.
In Washington, 10 Democrats are working with Wassermann Schultz to try to get the statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith removed from the National Statuary Hall.
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