Nancy Pelosi requested from Paul Ryan to take down the “reprehensible” Confederate monuments from the Capitol “immediately.”
“The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy,” she stated Thursday. “The statutes in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation.”
The men represented “violent bigotry” and should be removed from the Capitol, Pelosi said, “if Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 17, 2017
Pelosi made this demand following Bennie Thompson’s statement saying that the both parties “to work with me to ensure the permanent removal of all offensive and despicable Confederate imagery” from the Capitol.
“Confederate memorabilia have no place in this country and especially not in the United States Capitol,” Thompson stated. “These images symbolize a time of racial discrimination and segregation that continues to haunt this country and many African-Americans who still to this day face racism and bigotry.”
According to the Architect of the Capitol, every country is allowed to pick two figures to honor. Of the 1000 monuments, 35 are in National Statuary Hall and 13 in the crypt.
The 10 that represent Confederate figures are in nine different states: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
To Pelosi’s request replied Doug Andres, spokesperson for Ryan, saying “These are decisions for those states to make.”
Rep. Dessbie Wasserman Schultz tweeted regarding Pelosi and Thompson’s statements, saying that her state’s lawmakers “should call a special session to replace” the statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith in the Hall.
It's time for Florida lawmakers to call a special session to replace Florida's Confederate statue in our nation's Capitol.
— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) August 15, 2017
After the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, the amount of these requests went much higher.
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