After a year of countless social justice reforms, elected officials are working on rewriting history.
The House of Representatives has voted 285-120 to remove all statues of Confederates from inside the Capitol building. Several representatives from the Republican Party, of which there are presently 211, voted against the bill. However, the bill was still strongly supported by a handful of Republicans, with 67 voting in favor of it.
On the other hand, nearly every Democratic representative voted in support of the legislation. Several on the left, including Nancy Pelosi, argued that statutes must be removed due to confederate flags being flown at the January 6 stampede on the Capitol. Pelosi even claimed that former confederates officials had “committed treason,” even though they’ve been named by honorable U.S. war generals many years after the Civil War and continued to serve as government officials after the Union was formed.
“On January 6, we experienced the divisiveness of Confederate battle flags being flown inside the U.S. Capitol,” Clyburn said in a statement. “Yet there are still vestiges that remain in this sacred building that glorify people and a movement that embraced that flag and sought to divide and destroy our great country. This legislation will remove these commemorations from places of honor and demonstrate that as Americans we do not celebrate those who seek to divide us.”
GOP Leader McCarthy during debate on a bill to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol:
"All of the statues being removed by this bill are statues of Democrats… Maybe it's time the Democrats change the name of their party." pic.twitter.com/0RA6ubLuYT
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 29, 2021
Statues proposed for removal include those of former Vice President John Caldwell Calhoun, James Paul Clarke, a former governor of Arkansas, and Jefferson Davis, a former U.S. senator from Mississippi and president of the Confederate States of America.
Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana criticized legislation to remove Confederate statues from public display in the Capitol on Tuesday, accusing the effort of being based on “concepts” of critical race theory.
“The South lost, and our Union is strong today, and the great victory of our constitutional government in the Civil War over slavery and secession should be celebrated,” he said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Democrats, animated by the Critical Race Theory concepts of structural racism, microaggressions, and a United States based solely on white supremacy, have chosen to remove statues that underscore the failures of our pre-1861 Constitution. Make no mistake, those who won the West and George Washington are next.”
The bill would also replace a bust of Roger Taney, the Supreme Court justice who wrote the infamous Dred Scott v. Sanford decision, which barred Black Americans from becoming citizens, with one of Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice. The bill’s fate in the Senate is unknown.
Joe Biden promised a “period of unity” after the election. However, Democratic officials are determined to change the country as quickly as possible without any chance of bipartisan approval.
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