A Florida Metropolis Council voted in opposition to eradicating two Accomplice statues — which might have price taxpayers $500,000 — after a heated public listening to Tuesday night time.
Jacksonville Metropolis Councilman Matt Carlucci proposed a invoice that will have taken down two monuments — a Daughters of the Confederacy memorial and the remnants of one other Accomplice soldier monument — arguing that they’re a civic blight rooted in racism.
However the board in the end voted in opposition to the measure by a vote of 13 to six following a passionate public debate.
Opponents argued that the monuments signify Jacksonville’s historical past and will stay in place.
“I stand for the preservation of Jacksonville’s historical past in all its totality with out the slightest omission,” one speaker declared.
“Please allow us to discover one other method to promote and foster unity and therapeutic with out taking away the statues,” he added.
Audio system earlier than the Metropolis Council argued that town ought to give attention to completely different civic wants.SOPA Pictures/LightRocket through Gett
One other speaker argued it was a waste of sources and the Metropolis Council ought to prioritize different civic wants.
“How is taking the statues away bettering the lives of any People?” she requested.
In the meantime, supporters of the invoice insisted that preserving the statues quantities to supporting “treason.”
“The Metropolis Council mustn’t assist any monuments that assist racism or treason or sedition and that’s what these monuments are for,” the lady declared. “There is no such thing as a motive to have them on metropolis property.”
Proponents of eradicating the statues argued that eliminating the Accomplice pictures would promote unity.Getty Pictures
One other backer of the proposal mentioned eliminating the monuments would promote unity inside the metropolis.
“I would really like this Metropolis Council to offer a manner for town to heal,” she mentioned. “The therapeutic can’t begin till you cease placing salt within the wounds. Accomplice monuments, statues and something related to the Confederacy is flawed.”
The plan would have eliminated a Daughters of the Confederacy memorial in Springfield in addition to the remnants of a Accomplice soldier statue within the metropolis’s James Weldon Johnson Park.
The panel didn’t talk about the measure earlier than voting it down.