From Confederate Heritage and History Month to a Celebration of Civil Rights

cwtoiletmonthpicture-3There has been quite a bit of coverage of Georgia’s recent resolution marking April as Confederate Heritage and History Month.  What has gone largely unnoticed, however, are the changes that have been made between the initial proposal and the final version.

Consider the opening of SB 27 :

To amend Chapter 4 of Title 1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to holidays and observances, so as to create Confederate Heritage and History Month; to provide for legislative findings; to encourage observances and celebrations of Confederate Heritage and History Month; to provide for statutory construction; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Now consider SB 27 as passed:

To amend Chapter 4 of Title 1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to holidays and observances, so as to create Confederate Heritage and History Month; to provide for legislative findings; to encourage observances and celebrations of Confederate Heritage and History Month; to provide for statutory construction; to amend Article 3 of Chapter 3 of Title 50, relating to other state symbols, so as to provide that the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum shall be an official state historical civil rights museum; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

5 comments… add one

  • Mike May 5, 2009

    Looks like someone wants to piggyback their pet project on the Confederate History Month bill there in GA. Nothing like Politics.

  • Kevin Levin May 5, 2009

    Mike,

    Well, of course it is. Anytime the government steps into the realm of historic commemoration one must interpret it as a political act. The only difference, compared to just a few decades ago, is that our elected officials now represent a wider segment of the population. This couldn’t happen at the turn of the twentieth century because African Americans were not allowed to vote.

  • Greg Rowe May 5, 2009

    So, because of the clause “to repeal conflicting laws,” did the bill, as passed repeal itself?

  • Dan Wright May 6, 2009

    Great photo of a Confederate soldier guarding the porta-potties.

  • Kevin Levin May 6, 2009

    Dan,

    For some reason that image was included in a news item on the subject. I thought it was kind of interesting.

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