civil rights leader mary mcleod bethune to replace statue of confederate general at the u.s. capitol

March 2, 2018
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America is still racist AF, but symbolic progress is still being made. Down in Florida, a statue of Civil Rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune will now replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as a representative of the state at the U.S. capital. Govern Rick Scott plans to sign the bill which was voted in 11-1. Rep. Jay Fant, R-Jacksonville, who is running for Attorney General, cast the only dissenting vote, apparently feeling that a white supremacist best represents him and his constituency.

Bethune will become the first African-American woman to be honored by a state in the national hall. She founded what became Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach and was an adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt.