BALTIMORE – President and CEO of the NAACP Derrick Johnson issued the following statement regarding the Georgia State Senate’s passage a bill this week that will further protect Confederate monuments, increase penalties for vandalism and prevent local governments from removing them:
“The NAACP stands with its Georgia State Conference and branches in condemning the Georgia Senate’s decision to further protect Confederate monuments. This action shows that they are willing to endorse racism and oppress of a third of its citizenry. White supremacy is personified in these monuments. And while Klansmen, neo-Nazis, and white nationalists defend them as an innocent representation of a mythologized “American Heritage,” we know that these symbols glorify treason and a hateful history of black subjugation, reinforced through domestic terrorism. In order for our country to move forward – to become a nation united and free from inequity and bigotry – we must remove, not protect, Confederate symbols from the parks, schools, streets, counties, and military bases that define America’s landscape and culture. These monuments are not history and its continued presence in this country is signal to people of color that America has not repudiated racism.”
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