The racist plaque is down -- now what?

Capitol Plaque

On Jan. 25, the Texas State Preservation Board met to decide the fate of the racist Children of the Confederacy Creed plaque that the board ordered removed from the Capitol building earlier the same month.

The board did not decide what to do with the plaque, yet. Instead, it voted to open a 90-day comment period to allow for public input on what to do with the plaque.

There are calls for the plaque to be donated to a university or a museum where it can be studied. If that's what the board decides, it should do so with a couple of conditions. If it's ever publicly displayed, it should be accompanied by:

- Info on how the plaque blatantly lies about history

- An explanation that the plaque was installed because of white backlash against efforts to end legalized racial discrimination

The board did the right thing in voting unanimously to take the plaque down. Now let's make sure they do the right thing as they decide what to do with it next.

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Comment on the Children of the Confederacy Creed Plaque

Dear Members of the State Preservation Board,

Thank you for your vote to remove the Children of the Confederacy Creed plaque from the Texas Capitol.

You no doubt have received many suggestions on what to do with the plaque now that it has been removed. Those suggestions include giving the plaque to, for example, a university or museum where it can be studied. If you do decide to relinquish ownership, I ask that you do so under the conditions that future public displays of the plaque, if any, will be accompanied by:

- Clear and unambiguous information about how the plaque's language distorts the history of slavery and the Civil War

- An explanation about why the plaque was placed at the Capitol--in particular, that it and similar monuments across the South were installed as a reaction to the progress of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s

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