US House Democratic leader Pelosi calls for Confederate statue removal

Sunday, 20 Aug, 2017

In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, he tweeted in defense of the monuments, saying the country is "being ripped apart" with their removal. The Architect of the Capitol is then "responsible for the placement and care of the statues".

It took over a century for the states to fully populate the collection of statues, according to the Architect of the Capitol.

A spokesman for Ryan told Politico's Elana Schor that determining which statues are displayed in Congress is a matter for individual states to decide.

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo asked the secretary of the Army to change the names of two streets (Lee and Jackson) at Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn, the New York Times reported.

"I will be introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol building".

"This is just one step", Booker said. "We have much work to do", the New Jersey Democrat tweeted Wednesday.

On Thursday, tourists packed into the halls of the Capitol on a hot August afternoon to see the monuments. "I wonder, is it George Washington next week?"

Furthermore, the descendants of General Robert E. Lee and CSA president Jefferson Davis feel the same.

"They shouldn't be removed".

"You're not erasing history", Brundage said.

"It probably shouldn't have been allowed to be put up anyway", said Mark Armstrong, 54, an IL resident who is retired from the Army.

She said: "I hope that we will hear more from them". "It's being a traitor, basically". Yet another (Edward Douglas White of Louisiana) did achieve racist notoriety many years after the war as part of the Supreme Court's majority in the notorious Plessy v. Ferguson decision declaring "separate but equal" public facilities constitutional.

At least half of the six members who govern the board, however, are opposed to removing monuments and say the state should learn from its past, instead of trying to bury it.

Since Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, was a United States Senator from the State of MS in the 1850's, do we revoke the Statehood of MS and allow its' lands to be absorbed by the other border states?

Lauren McGaughy of the Dallas Morning News says the Children of the Confederacy Creed was installed in the late 1950s - almost a half-century later than other Confederate monuments at the Capitol.

"Individuals who were treasonous to the United States, who took up arms against their own country, and inflicted catastrophic death and suffering among US citizens, should not be afforded such a rare honor in this sacred space", Booker said. Because these are people who rebelled against of country.

The Democrats rejected President Donald Trump's criticism of the removal of "beautiful" Confederate statues.

Now, the violence and mayhem surrounding the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., has given a renewed sense of urgency to taking down Smith's statue.