House votes to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Hill – .

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House votes to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Hill – .


United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) waves a bill after signing several bills during a registration ceremony at the United States Capitol on June 29, 2021 in Washington , DC.
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The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would remove Confederate statues and the bust of Roger Taney, a former chief justice known for his infamous ruling in favor of slavery from the Capitol.
The measure was passed by an overwhelming majority with a vote of 285-120.

The House approved the legislation last year, but it failed to gain traction in the Republican-controlled Senate. It’s unclear if he now has enough GOP support to move into the Democrat-held Senate.

When Representatives reintroduced the bill last month, Representative Jim Clyburn, DS.C., pointed to Confederate flags and other symbols of hatred displayed by a pro-Trump mob during the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill. as a reason to replace the statues.

“On January 6, we experienced the division of Confederate battle flags fluttering inside the United States Capitol. Yet there are still remains in this sacred building that glorify the people and a movement that adopted this flag and sought to divide and destroy our great country, ”Clyburn said in a statement.

“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. ”
The law requires states to remove and replace any statue or bust that honors those who have voluntarily served in Confederation from public display on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers placed particular emphasis on removing Taney’s bust, noting that he was the author of the infamous “Dred Scott v. Sanford ”which declared that black Americans could not be American citizens. The bust will be replaced by that of Thurgood Marshall, the first black judge of the High Court.

” The Dred Scott decision has been a stain on our history and represents the tragic legacy of slavery and racism that should not be celebrated in our country… It is fitting that we instead honor Judge Thurgood Marshall, a fighter for justice and justice. ‘inclusion, which has sought to advance the civil rights movement,’ said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., in a statement.

Other important statues and busts that would be removed include a statue of Jefferson Davis, who served as President of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865, and Alexander Stephens, who served as Davis’ vice president.

In addition to ridding the Capitol of Confederate statues and busts, the legislation also incorporates the Confederate Monuments Removal Act led by Representative Barbara Lee, D-Calif. He orders the removal of statues that symbolize “slavery, sedition and segregation,” including statues of John C. Calhoun, Charles Brantley Aycock and James Paul Clarke, Democrats said when the bill was released. .

The legislation also requires the architect of the Capitol to identify other statues or busts that honor the Confederacy, which will be removed and returned to the states that originally sent them.

The passage of the legislation comes after nationwide protests against racial justice last year, sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who was murdered by white Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin. Last week, Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.

Efforts to remove Confederate monuments in the United States intensified after Floyd’s death, with nearly 170 Confederate statues believed to have been removed in 2020 alone, according to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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