Congress: Remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol
The Confederate monuments at the U.S. Capitol must come down.
Confederate statues and monuments pay public tribute to white supremacy, racial violence and slavery. There is no place for them anywhere in our society, and there certainly should not be a place for them at the Capitol. Yet 12 Confederate leaders are included in the National Statuary Hall Collection, which is meant to celebrate two “illustrious people” from each state who are “deem[ed] to be worthy of… national commemoration.”1 People who committed treason in the name of slavery and fought to maintain white supremacy and the oppression of African-Americans are not worthy of commemoration.
Fortunately, progressive champion Rep. Barbara Lee recently introduced the Confederate Monument Removal Act, which would require the architect of the Capitol to remove any statues of men who fought for the Confederacy from the National Statuary Hall Collection. Can you stand with her and demand that Congress act now?
Tell Congress to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.
Trump’s election and his hateful, racist agenda has given white supremacists an invitation and opportunity to grow and expand their movement and be bolder and more threatening in their attempts to reverse decades of civil rights progress. The continued display of Confederate symbols serves as a further signal that white supremacy is not only tolerated in America, but celebrated. We have to keep up the fight to reclaim our public spaces from symbols of racist hate and terror.
The statues at the Capitol represent some of the most notorious members of the Confederacy:2
- Both of Mississippi’s statues honor Confederate leaders: Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, and Col. James Zachariah George, who took part in the Mississippi Secession Convention;
- South Carolina also honors two members of the Confederacy: Cavalry Officer Wade Hampton, who joined a white supremacist paramilitary group after the war, and Alexander Hamilton Stephens, who while serving as the vice president of the Confederacy gave a speech in which he claimed that the Confederacy was founded “upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition;”
- Virginia honors Robert E. Lee, one of the most famous Confederate commanders;
- North Carolina honors Zebulon Vance, who after serving as a Confederate officer, became the state’s governor and its U.S. senator.
Already, last month’s white supremacist terrorism in Charlottesville, combined with Trump’s shameful decision to side with white supremacists, has prompted cities and states across the country to start removing their monuments. It is a disgrace for these hateful symbols of white supremacy to remain in the Capitol. A public show of support is critical to stand with Rep. Lee and send Congress a clear message that symbols of hate must go.
Tell Congress to pass the Confederate Monument Removal Act.
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- Architect of the Capitol, "About the National Statuary Hall Collection," accessed Sept. 19, 2017.
- Amanda Terkel, "The U.S. Capitol Is Basically A Confederate Statue Bazaar," HuffPost, Aug. 17, 2017.