Sen. Cory Booker To Submit Bill To Remove Confederate Statues from Capitol

Push for removal of Confederate statues draws mixed emotions

Push for removal of Confederate statues draws mixed emotions

Each state gets two statues in D.C.'s National Statuary Hall, representing famous native sons and daughters.

"The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible", she said, according to USA Today.

Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers are ramping up calls to remove Confederate statues on display in the halls of Congress, bringing the raging debate over Civil War symbols across the South to Capitol Hill.

In the wake of a far-right rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, communities and civic leaders across the USA are wrestling with the conundrum: what to do with Confederate statues and memorials?

President Donald Trump, who has been widely criticized for his response to Charlottesville, went on a Twitter rant Thursday morning bemoaning the removal of Confederate statues in different parts of the country. "The installation of this statue in a place named Emancipation Hall is just one step toward correcting that glaring omission".

"For too long, the Capitol collection of statues and busts failed to include courageous African-Americans who inspired and led some of the most important movements in our nation's history", said U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer at the commemoration of the Douglass statue. "We have much work to do".

A surprising supporter of taking the monuments and symbols down is Robert E. Lee's great-great grandson. 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.

In 2016, the Southern Poverty Law Center estimated that there were roughly 1,500 Confederate symbols in public spaces across the country, with almost half in the form of statues, according to CNN.

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There are also statues of the founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who were slave owners.

No former Confederate state exercised its option in the 19th century.

Pelosi asked Ryan to join Democrats in supporting legislation to remove the statues.

Essentially, governance over which statues reside in our nation's Capitol rests with individual state leadership.

He said these statutes belonged in a museum with the proper historical context, not at the U.S. Capitol.

Officials in places like North Carolina and Kentucky have spoken out publicly against Confederate monuments, saying they want some statues removed.

Georgia, for instance, chose Alexander Hamilton Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy, a member of Congress in the Reconstruction Era, and governor for less than half a year.

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