“The Tennessee Democratic Party joins the call to remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust. Every day black legislators walk by and are reminded of the atrocities committed during the slave trade and feel the inherent threat behind its creation and placement. The bust was put in its current place of honor to intimidate black Tennesseans. It threatens, “stay in your place.” It warns, “you are not welcome here.” It loudly pronounces, “you are not equal.” The bust has no home in Tennessee, let alone in a place of honor right outside the state house and senate chambers. Tennessee Democrats will continue to join our allies with the work of dismantling both overt and hidden systemic racism, including the removal of these monuments to white supremacy.” – Mary Mancini, TNDP Chair