Democrats Push To Remove Confederate Statues From The Capitol

Confederate statues and American iconoclasts

Confederate statues erected in the U.S. Capitol now stand in Statuary Hall, the Capitol Visitor Center and the Hall of Columns where visitors from across the country and lawmakers pass through every day.

The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi led a call by Democratic lawmakers to remove Confederate statues on display in the halls of Congress.

The violence at the rally-which ultimately resulted in three deaths, including a woman who was hit with a vehicle by a white supremacist-has renewed the effort to take down monuments to slavery around the country. "This is just one step".

"The year 1898 was a year of tremendous white supremacist violence against African Americans in an attempt, a successful attempt to destroy black influence on politics", said NCCU History Professor Jerry Gershenhorn. They include General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Northern Army of Virginia, who oversaw the abductions of hundreds of freed slaves during the Gettysburg campaign. Both Mississippi and SC are exclusively represented by Confederate figures, with the latter having notably chosen white supremacist paramilitary group member Wade Hampton and the pro-slavery politician John Calhoun.

Twelve of the statues memorialize individuals who either fought for the Confederacy or were active in Confederate politics.

Officials in several states have called for the removal of public monuments that have become symbols of the Confederacy.

The Congressional Black Caucus also proposed Confederate statues get taken down from the U.S. Capitol building.

Lawmakers passed a law in 2016 that the statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith must come down from Washington, D.C.'s, National Statuary Hall. And both Republican Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, say the decision can be made in the regular legislative session, which begins in January.

The statue of Jefferson Davis on Thursday in the Capitol's Statuary Hall. Representative Johnson said he wants to start a conservation to remove all iconography from the capitol complex.

Booker also acknowledged the millions of Americans who see those statues as symbols of the bigotry and hate the country has yet to reckon with.

In 1931, MS sent statues of Confederate general James Z. George - who signed the 1861 secession ordinance, and later in his career helped devise and defend a state constitution disenfranchising African-Americans - and the arch-traitor himself, Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Earlier this year, the city of New Orleans removed its many Confederate monuments as well. Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, was selected by MS in 1931.

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