House leader: Lawmakers mum on Confederate monuments law

House leader: Lawmakers mum on Confederate monuments law

In Richmond, state lawmakers meet in the same Capitol where the Confederate government assembled, and a statue of Lee inside the building stands in the spot where the general took command of the Confederate military.

"The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible", she said in a statement.

Pelosi's request comes after fellow Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of MS called on lawmakers in both parties "to work with me to ensure the permanent removal of all offensive and despicable Confederate imagery" from the Capitol, Politico reported.

Doug Andres, spokesman for Ryan, indicated Ryan will leave this issue to the states.

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our handsome statues and monuments", he tweeted Wednesday.

If we do not learn from our history, we are doomed to repeat it. "Robert E. Lee. Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson?"

In the wake of a far-right rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, communities and civic leaders across the USA are wrestling with the conundrum: what to do with Confederate statues and memorials? The rebellion did not end until 1913, and the region was still chaotic for decades - indicating that even if the mythical tactics took place, they did not work. "They remind us of our history and where we came from".

Reid, the civil rights veteran, said he wants the statues gone as well.

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.

"It's nearly like he's an idol and I don't think that that's right".

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But they are seen by many Americans as symbols of racism and glorifications of the Confederate defense of slavery in the Civil War, fueling the debate over race and politics in America.

The push to remove monuments has intensified since violent clashes at a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend that left a woman dead.

"They represent something heinous".

On some groups' calls for removing statues across the state, he reacts, "I do think it's removing a reminder of history, but maybe not the right kind of reminder".

"I absolutely disagree with this sanitization of history", Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican, told WVHU radio on Tuesday.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation issued a statement in June weighing in on the issue of Confederate memorials in public spaces.

"These monuments should be part of our dark past and not of our bright future", Stoney said on Twitter.

The removal of these statues is also about knocking down the symbols of the Confederacy from their pedestals.

The statues reinforced the oppressive beliefs and practices of the Confederacy, a group of 11 slave-holding, southern states, which broke off from the rest of the country following the election of abolitionist president Abraham Lincoln, in 1860.

"You could look at Wade Hampton, at his life", Brinkman says, "you know, he was one of the richest men in SC, and he lost everything in the Civil War".

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