Debate over a bill that protects Confederate monuments has scratched open a raw nerve for many Louisiana lawmakers.
House Bill 71, which would make it more difficult to remove Confederate statues, has exposed “a deep-rooted belief in white supremacy” among many members, said state Rep. Joseph Bouie, the New Orleans Democrat who heads the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said the debate has created unnecessary divisions and animosity in the Legislature that he’d never seen before.
“I understand passion runs high, and while it is certainly a part of our history, can we say it’s the best part?” he said, when asked his personal opinion about the removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans.
Even as he criticized the legislation as impractical, the governor wouldn’t say he would veto the measure. (The Advocate)