Nancy Pelosi wants to remove 11 Civil war-era Confederate statues from the Capitol.
On June 10, Pelosi sent a letter to the congressional Committees that deal with the appearance of the Capitol. The Commission is headed by Republican Senator Roy Blunt and Democratic party member Zoe Lofgren.
вЂњThe halls of Congress are the heart of our democracy,вЂќ Pelosi wrote. вЂ” The statues in the Capitol should be a symbol of our highest ideals, expressing who we are and what we strive to be as a nation. Monuments to people who advocated cruelty and barbarism are an insult to these ideals. Their statues do justice to hatred, not heritage. вЂќ
Lofgren said that she supports such a move, while Blunt has not yet commented on this.
вЂњIndeed, what the statues of the Confederation leaders in the National Sculpture Collection represent is the exact opposite of what we are as Congress and country,вЂќ said Lofgren. вЂњI agree that it is advisable for the Joint Committee and the architect of the Capitol to remove these symbols of cruelty and fanaticism from the halls of the Capitol.вЂќ
In 2016, lawmakers removed state flags from the Capitol hall, after complaints about the Confederate symbol on the Mississippi flag.