lorida Democrat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz has joined the campaign to eradicate Confederate history wherever it may be found. Fox News reports that the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Commitee (DNC) is eyeing three street signs in Hollywood, Florida that honor the memory of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forrest and John Bell Hood.
The Florida Democratic representative requested that Hollywood’s city council change the names, for which the city has provided preliminary support with a 5-2 vote in favor. Hollywood is included in Wasserman Schultz’s congressional district.
The proposal to remove Confederate names is the latest initiative in a series of attempts to erase the memory of Confederate leaders from street, parks, and even military bases like Fort Hood. Advocates of the historical airbrushing say the U.S. should not commemorate Confederate leaders because they fought for slavery. Critics say it is censorship and the dereliction of Southern heritage.
Wasserman-Shultz also wants a statue of Floridian Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith taken out of the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Democrats want the Florida legislature recalled to debate the matter.