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Mon Apr 30, 2018, 08:51 AM

Three Black City Council Members Saved the Dallas Confederate Memorial. Don't Ask Why.

A lot of side-of-the-mouth talking took place during this weekís Dallas City Council debate on removal of the shabby Confederate war memorial next to City Hall, but letís not lose sight of the big thing: The vote to keep that ugly monstrosity in place was led by three of four black members of the council.

Thatís it. The whole story. There was a lot of talk about a lot of stuff. There always is a lot of talk about a lot of stuff when a truly difficult decision comes before the council, but letís not lose sight of the big thing. The vote.

Three of the cityís four black council members effectively sided with dozens of pro-Confederate speakers from the audience and led the council to vote to suspend a yearlong process to remove the memorial. Yes, they said all kinds of stuff about why. But itís important to focus on what happened. Although the council voted a year ago to take it down, the Confederate war memorial next to Dallas City Hall survives because a majority of black council members saved it from demolition with their votes.

The big lesson here is that dealing with the cityís Civil War legacy and history of white supremacy is not something that can be left to our local elected back leadership. A majority of the black council members proved with their votes this week that they, as individuals, are not capable of dealing with these questions honorably or intelligently.

Read more: http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/dont-leave-civil-war-questions-to-black-dallas-city-council-members-10628972

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