Last year, the city of Memphis, mostly black, managed to find a loophole to get rid of two Confederate statues and a bust by selling city parks to a non-profit organization that was rocking the monuments. In the shelter of darkness, where statues of the Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest was a Confederate general, a slave owner, and a leader in the Ku Klux Klan. A bust of a Confederate soldier was also removed.
Parkinson, who is African-American, said he was sorry that his legislators revered Forrest "as if he were God as if he were an idol."
You're removing money from a city because we've removed your god from our property, "Parkinson said.
A Republican Chattanooga MP growing up in Memphis told his legislators he loved the city, but it did At stake was at least the Spirit to obey a law protecting historical monuments.
"And the law was very clear and they became bright lawyers to figure out how to wiggle the law, and I think That's the problem, "said Rep. Gerald McCormick
The addition that has deprived Memphis of the money was sponsored by Matthew Hill, a Republican from Jonesborough.
Another Republican legislator said removing the monuments cleared the story, something he told ISIS, and it was a bad act that deserves punishment. "
" Death ay is a demonstration that s I have no consequences, and my only regret is that it is not in the millions, "said Member of Parliament Andy Holt from Dresden on the punishment.
Another Memphis Democrat said she wanted to take the money away un-Christian, hateful and unkind, and she said she was tired of lawmakers treating her city as if she were not part of the state.
"I know some of you would be happy if we gave it the damn part of the state to Arkansas," Rep. Raumesh Akbari, said. "Arkansas would like to take us, but I'll tell you something: I do not support it, and I think if you do, you're ugly, it's not fair, Memphis is part of Tennessee, I did not even notice How much you did not like Memphis until I came to this legislature. "
The change was passed along with the budget of $ 37.5 million.