Some Alabamians call for an end to Confederate Memorial Day

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — State offices are closed Monday for Confederate Memorial Day — a holiday that isn’t for everyone.

“State funds and resources should not be used to honor anyone who has been associated with the Confederacy,” said Alabama Democrats political director Dexter Strong.

Strong doesn’t think the state should commemorate this day.

“People who commit treason, who wanted to install and continue slavery should not be honored by the taxpayers of Alabama,” Strong said.

Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center says Alabama’s recognition of the day sends the wrong message to black people in Alabam.

“A message of immense disrespect that we believe toward African Americans whose ancestors, including my own, were enslaved in this country,” Brooks said.

Derryn Moten, chair of the history and political science department at Alabama State University, said whether the day should be a holiday or not, the effects of the war will not be forgotten.

“From this war, we got reconstruction, we got the 13th amendment, the 14thand Amendment, 15and Amendment, Civil Rights of 1866 and so no, I don’t think we’ll ever forget that war and we shouldn’t forget that war,” Moten said.

Alabama is one of three states that recognize Confederate Memorial Day, alongside South Carolina and Mississippi.

Alabama also observes Robert E. Lee Day in January and Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ birthday in June.


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