Democrats call for Confederate monument task force

Democrats call for Confederate monument task force

Five lawmakers in Austin are calling for the formation of a task force to decide whether Confederate monuments on the Capitol grounds should be altered or moved.

In a letter to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House, the five Democrats say a task force "will allow for a serious conversation about how best to honor Texas' heritage and past - while at the same time ensuring historical accuracy and that we celebrate figures worthy of our phrase."

The letter goes on to say, "The State Capitol is the public face of Texas, and as such it should be equally welcoming to all Texans. Texas should add its voice to the States across the country already thoughtfully discussing whether state governments should laud the Confederacy and the fundamental wrong of one human owning another."

There are at least a dozen Confederate markers and monuments on the Capitol grounds.

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