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The Facts

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (California) released the following statement last week:

“The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately. . .

There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country.”

  • Sen. Cory Booker (New Jersey) tweeted:

  • In the US Capitol, there are 100 statues of American figures. Each state donated two statues to the National Statuary Hall starting in 1864. In the collection, there are at least eight Confederate statues.

Confederate Statues in the US Capitol

Here’s a list of the Confederate statues housed in National Sanctuary Hall in the United States Capitol:

  • A statue of Jefferson Davis was donated by Mississippi in 1931. Davis served as the president of the Confederate States of America.
  • A statue of Robert E. Lee was donated by Virginia in 1909. Lee served as a Confederate general in the American Civil War.
  • A statue of James Zachariah George was donated by Mississippi in 1931. George served as a Confederate colonel in the American Civil War.
  • A statue of Wade Hampton was donated by South Carolina in 1929. Hampton served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War.
  • A statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens was donated by Georgia in 1927. Stephens served as the Confederate States of America’s Vice President.
  • A statue of Joseph Wheeler was donated by Alabama in 1925. Wheeler served as a Confederate lieutenant general during the American Civil War.
  • A statue of Zebulon Vance was donated by North Carolina in 1916. Vance served as a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War.
  • A statue of John E. Kenna was donated by West Virginia in 1901. Kenna served in the Confederate army during the American Civil War.

The Context

  • Pelosi’s statement and Booker’s tweet come at a time when many cities are removing their Confederate statues in the wake of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Baltimore removed its Confederate monuments on 15-16 August.
  • In Durham, North Carolina, protestors pulled down a Confederate monument on 14 August.
  • St. Louis removed a Confederate monument in July.
  • New Orleans removed their Confederate monuments in May.
  • Rep. Yvette Clarke (New York) is working to remove Confederate statues from military bases.
  • Doug Andres, a spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, told the Washington Post that congressional Republicans would not instruct states how to act on the matter of removing Confederate statues. Andres said, “These are decisions for those states to make.”

Reactions

  • Mark Levin, host of the Mark Levin Show, tweeted:

  • Reggie Cunningham, photographer, tweeted:

Supporters of Removing Confederate Statues

“We will never solve America’s race problem if we continue to honor traitors who fought against the United States in order to keep African Americans in chains. By the way, thank god, they lost.”

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement:

“President Trump and Steve Bannon are trying to divert attention away from the President’s refusal to unequivocally and full-throatedly denounce white supremacy, neo-Nazism, and other forms of bigotry. While it is critical that we work towards the goal of Senator Cory Booker’s legislation, we must continue to denounce and resist President Trump for his reprehensible actions.”

  • Color of Change, an online racial justice organization, tweeted:

Critics of Removing Confederate Statues

“Where does this all end?” President Trump asked.

It doesn’t. Not until America’s histories and biographies are burned and new texts written to Nazify Lee, Jackson, Davis and all the rest, will a newly indoctrinated generation of Americans accede to this demand to tear down and destroy what their fathers cherished.

And once all the Confederates are gone, one must begin with the explorers, and then the slave owners like Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Madison, who seceded from slave-free Britain. White supremacists all.

Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay of Kentucky and John Calhoun must swiftly follow.

Then there are all those segregationists. From 1865 to 1965, virtually all of the great Southern senators were white supremacists.

In the first half of the 20th century, Woodrow Wilson and FDR carried all 11 states of a rigidly segregationist South all six times they ran, and FDR rewarded Dixie by putting a Klansman on the Supreme Court.

While easy for Republicans to wash their hands of such odious elements as Nazis in Charlottesville, will they take up the defense of the monuments and statues that have defined our history, or capitulate to the icon-smashers?”

Megan Evershed contributed to this report.

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