The recent protests have given the left new energy to once again try to erase years from our national history.
Pelosi calls on Congress
In a letter to Congress, she wrote, “The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. 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.”
“Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals,” she wrote. “Their statues pay homage to hate, not heritage. They must be removed.”
Pelosi previously attempted to get the statues removed in 2017 following the Charlottesville confrontation.
Remove them all now
Over the last two or three years, we have seen many statues of Confederate figures removed from public venues. Many of these monuments, schools, and road names have been in place for more than a century.
And it’s not just statues of Confederate generals who are under attack. One of the most recent removals had nothing to do with the Confederacy. It was a statue of a Texas Ranger at Dallas’ Love Field.
The man that was used as the inspiration for the statue was deemed to have a racist history, so city officials removed it during the George Floyd protests to ensure rioters would not rush the airport and drag it down themselves.
Throughout the Capitol building, there are dozens of statues in place that were dedicated by different state representatives over the years. Eleven of those statues represent figures that were prominent during the Confederacy, and Pelosi says they all need to go.
The funny thing about most of those statues, though, is that most of them were Democrats — including Jefferson Davis, Wade Hampton, and Alexander Hamilton Stephens, according to Just The News.
Some of these statues commemorate figures whose contributions to this country go far beyond the Confederacy, though, such as Edward Douglas White, who served as both a senator and associate justice of the Supreme Court.
There is also the fact that Pelosi’s own father once dedicated a monument of Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee in Baltimore in 1948, but she is not interested in commenting on that subject.