Lawmaker seeks ‘systematic’ review of Georgia’s historic monuments

Former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Georgia would create a new commission to conduct a “bipartisan, systematic and transparent study” of the state’s historic monuments under legislation to be introduced by a DeKalb Democrat spurred by the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va.

State Rep. Vernon Jones said the panel would hold statewide hearings and then make recommendations about monument placement and the possibility of adding new statues. The review could include the more than 100 Confederate monuments scattered across the state.

“Hysteria and knee jerk reactions are not the solution. Sensitive subjects such as this deserve calm, practical and open dialogue,” said Jones, a former DeKalb chief executive. “A house divided cannot stand, and Georgians must show the nation that we can unite for the greater good.”

Jones’ legislation likely faces a tough audience in the Republican-controlled Legislature, and Gov. Nathan Deal has suggested he has little appetite to revisit debates about the Civil War-era monuments. The violence triggered by white supremacists in Virginia has ignited a new debate on the Rebel symbols, including new calls to remove the giant carvings of Confederate leaders from Stone Mountain.

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242 comments
Billy Wilson
Billy Wilson

Yes , The MLK statue needs to come down as well as any african american museums

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Kiss my ......for reviews ..all they want to do is destroy everything. Destroy anything .. remind u of any other country like the middle eastern one they liive in deserts rape goats and sleep with boys.. hurt their women ..sick group ..destroy want ever is In their path ..have no love for culture or history . Leaching off the world ..its here folks ..watch how they live and destroy .Destroy destroy !

Nancy Leverett Fondren
Nancy Leverett Fondren

Don't waste the money.... Put them to a vote......quit wasting tax payer money on made up fake advisory board we have enough waste as it is

TheTrain
TheTrain

I thought thus guy was in prison?

Do we really need a creep like him telling us what to do?

Mike Frame
Mike Frame

Story...ok whats your take on folks such as this guy.

Gene Barton
Gene Barton

This idiot. Deserves no comment other than Fool!!!

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Ronnie Mock
Ronnie Mock

more liberal brain dead fools!! oh man!

Mike Frame
Mike Frame

Here We Go Again a bunch of people making laws in a country they did not create or had any part of creating yet here they are trying to create laws when in fact the only thing they ever created for their selves was f****** poverty and famine

George Dixon
George Dixon

Confederate monuments should have been outlawed post Civil War... never should be a honor to pledged treason against the US... Saddam Hussein statues are all gone in Iraq... Nazi flags and monuments are outlawed in Germany... The losers or war and destruction are not normally honored.. But the reason the South got a way with it because deep inside most want blacks here in America to remain downcast citizens and a reminder of I am supposed to be better than you... You came from slavery... Sort of thing... Really if they leave them up or take them down doesn't effect our black deposition... I would care less... But America needs to pay up for the biggest crime and bloodshed on this soil.. Blacks as a whole still suffered mentally and culturally from slavery... we are truly the lost children of Hebrews...

John Smith
John Smith

He needs to drop the racist crap and work on current issues not the past.

Beverly Spurlin
Beverly Spurlin

If we start getting rid of monuments, there is quite a few I don't like and all things are fair,because we are all equal.

Tim Peacoe
Tim Peacoe

What about the black men who rode with the Union Army slaughtered Native Americans took their land away all statues of black people should be taken down because Native Americans are appalled and humiliated by any of these statues so we must not make them feel bad either so take both the Confederate and Martin Luther King statue and any other black statue down

Wayne Swanson
Wayne Swanson

Stop calling them Civil War era monuments. These things were put up in the 20th century

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Liz Clarke
Liz Clarke

Can we have a systematic review of Khalid Kamau? If only you can see the racism that exist... please look at his FB page and scroll down to comments about Asians. The commentary is quite alarming to how they see Chinese and. If you really want to go further look at Ryan Lee who is rolling and smoking a joint in his profile pic on FB!!!! Disgusting. Be careful my fellow patriots to not offend them. They have a lot of momentum and most likely will try to do something crazy.

Eddie Hendrix
Eddie Hendrix

I'm sorry you got your pantys wadded up...Happy trails

Wilma Jones
Wilma Jones

First I want everyone of the marchers to tell me WHO the statue is. They have walked by them for a century and know one cared; now all a sudden they are relevant. This is just straight from the Saul Alinsky play book. Divide Divide Divide

Patsy Rowell
Patsy Rowell

Leave them alone. If you take down our southern heritage then take down all MLK junk too. O yea change the street names back to

Marana Olson McMahon
Marana Olson McMahon

Great example of government waste! How about concentrating on actual important social issues like jobs, roads, etc?? So stupid to worry about some dang statues that have been there for decades just because the lame stream media told you to be offended.

Tammy Brookover Jay
Tammy Brookover Jay

Instead of planning protests...how about planning a day of love? Everyone, of every color, put down their hatred and anger...and just be kind to everyone you see. Hold the door for them...smile at strangers...just do anything that is kind. That will show you just what we are capable of. #DayofLoveSept1st2017

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Richard Phelps
Richard Phelps

These representatives ARE looking to appease only THE LIBERAL party not caring about people as a hole TAKE a fair vote AND the outcome Will determine THE results WE ALL know THAT THE LIBERAL party Will LIE cheat steal and commitfraudulent acts to achieve their goals losing the elections HAS turned them into a violent HATE GROUP wt NO signs of letting up THEY are acting OUT exactly WHAT KILLERY proclaimed THE Trump supporters would do IF HE lost THE elections

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

Georgia citizens need to have a 'systematic' review of their politicians....

Patsy Cole
Patsy Cole

The violence in virginia was not caused by

Genesis Harrod
Genesis Harrod

Yay! Take them down and put them in a museum, or field of losers.

Pamela Henry
Pamela Henry

If they touch the Confederates night years then all civil rights and any others that you should be removed! They offend me

Linda Lashomb
Linda Lashomb

Then remove all the Martin Luther King statues and street names etc!

Wlliam Talmadge
Wlliam Talmadge

Yep, THIS needs to be a total priority right now....

David M. Bailey
David M. Bailey

If you are all of sudden "offense" by a statue that's been there for years and you have never thought one time about it and now YOU are stirring up hatred, you need to get out of politics. Now!

Jane Scroggins
Jane Scroggins

I'm sure it will be bipartisan and unbiased! BS! Just another stunt. I can't help but wonder how the black "so called" leaders think it's worth the amount of anger and hatred they are stirring up just to get their way and remove a few statues? It happened, it is history. Would have made more sense to add a few statues/monuments of their own. But that wouldn't be a source of outrage!

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Jane Scroggins. Tell us, exactly how many are outraged ?? Doesn't look like very many on this thread. You STILL don't understand what those statues represent do you ?? This history is taught to every child in the US in school, it's in books & on film as well.

Tracy A. Gaynor
Tracy A. Gaynor

Yep. You do that. Erase and eradicate the past. Then we are doomed to repeat it. Yippie ki ay.

John Woods
John Woods

What do you expect from a Racist?

Elden H. Morris
Elden H. Morris

Move the MLK monument with his body to a cemetery. Downtown Atlanta is not the place. After all, nobody else is buried there.

Pete Lenaers
Pete Lenaers

So empty headed..'why are they following the "rioters"? Absurd...overreaction to fake claims...nuts.

Lila King
Lila King

we do not need a review. we know why they are where they are.