Pelosi Calls For Removal Of Confederate Statues In Congress

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renewed a years-long quest to remove the remaining Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol as calls to erase monuments to the Confederacy increase amid the nation’s reckoning with its racist past.

Pelosi wrote in a letter Wednesday to colleagues who co-chair the Joint Committee on the Library that Congress should “lead by example.”

“The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation,” Pelosi wrote. “Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals. Their statues pay homage to hate, not heritage. They must be removed.”

Pelosi, then the minority leader, led this charge in 2017 after the violent white supremacist march in Charlottesville that began over plans to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. But Republicans rejected her entreaty, saying it’s up to the states to decide the likenesses they want representing them in Washington.

Each state is allowed to choose two statues to decorate the halls of Congress. There are, according to Pelosi’s letter, 11 Confederate statutes, including Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens, the president and vice president of the Confederate States of America, respectively.

Some states have taken it upon themselves to remove statues honoring those who sided with the Confederacy. In 2019, Arkansas replaced two figures from the Civil War with statues of music legend Johnny Cash and civil rights icon Daisy Lee Gatson Bates, though at the time Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, said the reason for the swap was to have more modern representation of the state.

Now, the debate over whether to remove Confederate monuments from public and private spaces has raged anew in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death that spawned a national reckoning over America’s history of racism.

Unlike other attempts to remove Confederate monuments, a societal awareness around issues of systemic racism could lead to more action. Just this week, institutions from NASCAR to the Marines banned the use of the Confederate symbols, and there’s increasing pressure to rename military bases that are named for Confederate generals.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., the vice chairwoman of the Joint Committee on the Library, said in response to Pelosi’s letter that the Confederate statutes displayed around the U.S. Capitol should be replaced. The chairman of that committee is Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

“I agree that the Joint Committee and Architect of the Capitol should expediently remove these symbols of cruelty and bigotry from the halls of the Capitol,” Lofgren said. “I stand ready, and call on the Chair of the Joint Committee to swiftly approve the removal of these statues. The Capitol building belongs to the American people and cannot serve as a place of honor for the hatred and racism that tears at the fabric of our nation, the very poison that these statues embody.”

(c) 2020, The Washington Post · Colby Itkowitz 



  1. How about you her highness Pelosi? You’ve been messing us up for way too long. You are older than many monuments. Could we then remove you too? Many of my buddies would make a deal. You remove the statues and we remove you.

    • She’s LONG removed. When will YOU wake up and realize that the actor looks much younger than the real one who’s gone – for good?

  2. Botoxed up Pelosi is like a statue. She can’t move her facial muscles either. She’s from Maryland which was a slave state. So she’s a statue from the south. Get her outta there.

  3. Confederate statues determine veracity. We can be dry men. If the blacks are upset the confederacy existed bear they well. But if bearing these men of the confederacy shame is run we are dry men.

    The idea should then bear to remove anything of the civil war and it is a dynasty blind game. The rest of negroid America is bad plans many. They eat the worst and many dress worst.

    Many said lives before the civil war were not mad. Now we are.

    Grave country.

  4. Why are there statues of rebels in the capitol? These people were traitors (they made war against the United States). They ought to have been hanged. Get rid of those statues.

      • and Confederates rebelled when they didnt like election results. because they were scared of abolition. so much so that the confederacy made it illegal for a Confederate state to abolish slavery. but now people will tell you secession wasnt about slavery it was states rights. yeah sure, the states right to own slaves!

  5. And this coming from a rich WHITE elitist who lives in an all WHITE gated community. No blacks allowed in her neighborhood. What an evil hypocrite miserly lady. Her ugly face shows her rotten interior.


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