Councilman compares Confederate generals to Osama Bin Laden

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis city councilman had some harsh words for the Confederate statues that continue to stand in Memphis.

Martavius Jones is part of the city's effort to remove statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis.

On Tuesday, he compared the statues to Japanese kamikazes and Osama Bin Laden.

"Confederate states of America is no different than the Kamikazes that attacked Pearl Harbor. They were enemies of the state," Jones said. "For people who revere Confederate statues, Confederate history...we are not whitewashing. We're not erasing what took place, but for us to honor somebody who is taking up arms--that would be no different than us setting up a statue for Osama Bin Laden. That's the point I want to make."

Memphis City Council unanimously approved having an attorney draw up resolutions for ways to remove the Confederate monuments in the city.

Watch the Memphis City Council meeting's discussion here:

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