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UT-Austin Removes Jefferson Davis Confederate Statue

Aug 31, 2015
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

The Jefferson Davis statue will no longer cast a shadow on the University Texas main mall after its removal Sunday morning.

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Authorities are searching for three people who they say defaced a Confederate monument in North Texas with the words, "This is racist."

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A Confederate monument in Denton was vandalized. The words “this is racist” was spray painted on the arch of the Confederate Soldier Memorial, located on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square.

Allen Otto / The Texas Tribune

The shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, last month spurred a nationwide debate over the Confederate flag. That state removed the flag that flew over its capitol, and retailers like Amazon and Walmart have stopped carrying the rebel flag.

The debate has extended to southern states, which are now grappling with what to do with Confederate memorials. And, in Texas, there are concerns about how new textbooks will teach the Civil War.

After Vandalism, UT-Austin To Weigh Confederate Statues' Future

Jun 24, 2015
Matthew Watkins / Texas Tribune

On the same day that three statues commemorating Confederate leaders were vandalized at the University of Texas at Austin, campus leaders said they may soon decide whether to remove the statues. 

The shooting last week at a black church in South Carolina has prompted calls in the South for the removal of the Confederate Flag and other symbols of the Confederacy.

Here is a roundup of efforts in different states — and the response from businesses:

South Carolina

Supreme Court: Texas Can Ban Confederate License Plates

Jun 18, 2015
Photo illustration by Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

The U.S. Supreme Court has backed Texas’ decision to forbid specialty license plates sporting an image of the Confederate flag, a ruling that could have national implications for how free speech protections apply to government services.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is suing the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles board in federal court for denying its proposed specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag.

The DMV board rejected the plate 8-0 last month, after Gov. Rick Perry said on the presidential campaign trail that he opposed it.

The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans filed a complaint Thursday in U.S. District Court in Austin against the eight DMV board members who voted.

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