Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is doubling down on her decision to protect Confederate monuments.
Last week, Ivey released a campaign ad about a bill last year that prohibited local governments from removing Confederate monuments on public property, calling those in Washington, D.C., for their “politically correct nonsense.”
The governor later went on and said that “out-of-state liberals” were trying to interfere with Alabama’s historical monuments and that people were in favor of her decision to protect the monuments, The Hill reports.
“We can’t and shouldn’t even try to charge or erase or tear down our history,” she said, AL.com reports. “We must learn from our history.”
The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017 not only blocked local governments from removing monuments that have been around for more than 40 years, but they could not rename public schools, according to The Hill.
The Alabama chapter of the NAACP criticized Ivey’s comments and ad and said that progress won’t happen in the state as long as she’s governor.
“Just when we thought Alabama was beginning to turn the corner in race relations, we see our governor wanting to continue to remind African-Americans and people of color where Alabama stands when it comes to race relations,” Bernard Simelton, president of the NAACP chapter, said in an email statement to AL.com. “Not on her watch will Alabama move to be a more inclusive state.”