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17 August 2015

Black & White Georgia Democrat Leaders Endorsed Confederate Heritage & History Month Bill

Not too long ago, under the gold capitol dome in downtown Atlanta, a three-page bill was presented to the Georgia General Assembly.

Senate Bill 27, authored by Senator John Bulloch (R - Ochlocknee), established April as Confederate Heritage and History Month in the State of Georgia.

The legislation reads in part, "The General Assembly hereby finds and determines that tourism is a great economic resource in Georgia; and historical, heritage, and cultural inheritance are among the tourism industry's most popular attractions. Georgia's Confederate heritage, physical artifacts and battle sites, and historic events and persons not only attract visitors, they are potentially of even greater importance and benefit to our state's economy. Increased development of our state's Confederate history and heritage as part of the tourism industry will be enhanced through recognizing, celebrating, and advertising that heritage and history."

Given the very loud protestations of Democrats these days against all things Confederate, from the flag right on down to statues and other memorials, one would expect near unanimous opposition to Confederate Heritage and History Month.

The record, however, reflects something entirely different.

Nearly all the Georgia Democrats holding leadership positions today voted for Senate Bill 27.

Georgia Democratic Party chairman DuBose Porter, who was a state Representative at the time, supported Confederate Heritage and History Month. So did House Democratic Whip Carolyn Hughley, who is black, and House Democratic Caucus Secretary Pat Gardner, who is white [HOUSE VOTE #414; 1 April 2009].

Across the hall, Senate Democratic Leader Steve Henson, Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Horacena Tate, and Senate Democratic Whip Vincent Fort all backed Senate Bill 27 [SENATE VOTE #426; 3 April 2009]. Henson is white. Tate and Fort are black.

It's important to note that these Democrats are not from north Georgia or south Georgia. With the exception of DuBose Porter and Carolyn Hughley, these folks all represent metro Atlanta districts and are widely considered liberal in their policy positions.

But that was then, and this is now.

The question remains do these Democrats who so enthusiastically supported establishing Confederate Heritage and History Month regret their votes in favor of "honoring the Confederacy which fought to maintain slavery and racial injustice."