Bell County Commissioners Vote to Leave Confederate Statue in Place
Back in August, the Bell County Commissioners Court met to discuss the possible removal of the Confederate monument at the Old Bell County Courthouse in Belton. The Court decided to take no action.
Now before, we get all riled up, no action was taken because of a state law that prevents them from calling for a public vote on the matter. The issue, they say, would need to be placed on a ballot by the Texas legislature.
KCEN TV reports that John Driver, the only Bell County Commissioner who voted against removing the statue, suggested the statue stay where it is because the court will be turned into a museum. He also stated he would like for the court to be moved to the Justice Center in Belton.
Passionate about his decision, he said: "Right now, it is in conflict with many. Not all, with many, None of us can say what each generation, what different people see. We only know what we know. We only know what we hear."
Back in July, Randy O'Rear, the president of The University of Mary Hardin Baylor, offered to pay $10,000 toward relocating the statue.
The issue of monuments dedicated to the Confederacy has always been controversial to some who think it denotes racism and slavery and praises generals in the Confederate Army who owned slaves.
Others say they don't look at it that way and view it as Southern Pride.
To have an open mind, I personally understand both sides.
I also feel that those in favor of the Confederate statues and flags to staying up should also understand how and why they are so offensive and why they should be removed.