Governor for Alabama Kay Ivey has signed legislation that will preserve American history and protect Confederate memorials in the state.
The new law bans the removal or alteration of monuments which are over 40 years old, and schools which have born a person’s name for over 40 years cannot be renamed. Proposed changes for memorials and schools which have been in place for between 20 and 40 years will be subject to review by a commission.
“This bill is not about protecting discrimination. It’s about making sure that we don’t forget our mistakes and so that’s why [Gov. Ivey] went ahead and signed this,” said Gov. Ivey’s press staff. “Because it’s about protecting our history, not about protecting some people’s history as opposed to others’. It’s about protecting everyone’s history.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Ivey’s signature comes following the Alabama Senate’s approval of the bill Friday. Republican Sen. Gerald Allen, the sponsor of the bill, blasted what he described as a “wave of political correctness” against monuments dedicated to those who, despite their flaws, were significant to history. However, Democratic Sen. Hank Sanders said Confederate monuments “represent oppression to a large part of the people in the state of Alabama.”
“[The law] ensures that history is preserved for all generations,” Daniel Sparkman, deputy press secretary for Ivey, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Sparkman stressed that the law was not about legitimizing discrimination.
The move comes just five days after New Orleans removed the last of its four Confederate statues.