Resolution denouncing neo-Nazis resurfaces in Tennessee

Friday, January 18, 2019, Vol. 43, No. 3

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville lawmaker is once again backing a resolution denouncing neo-Nazis and white nationalists after similar proposals failed to gain traction in the Tennessee Legislature last year.

Democratic Rep. John Ray Clemmons, who is also running for Nashville mayor, filed the resolution Wednesday. Hours earlier, the Tennessee House adopted a separate resolution praising Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and also promising that the state will continue to "fight against racism."

Clemmons' resolution, however, urges law enforcement to recognize white national groups as "domestic terrorist organizations."

It's unknown how far Clemmons' resolution will go. In 2018, his resolution died in the House after failing to secure a second motion in a subcommittee.

House Majority Leader William Lamberth tells The Tennessean the MLK resolution accomplishes a similar purpose as Clemmons' version.