The House of Representatives is due to vote Tuesday on a bill to remove Confederate statues from public display on Capitol Hill, as well as a bust of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the Dred Scott decision of 1857 that said negroes were none Could be citizens.
The move was approved by the House of Representatives in the last Congress, but stalled in the Republican Party-controlled Senate. Last year, 72 Republicans voted with the Democrats to demolish the statues.
The Democrats have a slim majority in the Senate and would need 60 votes to move the bill forward.
When the measure was reintroduced in the House of Representatives earlier this year, House Majority Leader James Clyburn quoted DS.C. the January 6 attack on Capitol Hill, in which some Trump supporters displayed Confederate flags and other symbols of hatred as the cause. to destroy the statues.
“On January 6th, we saw the division of the Confederate flags in the United States Capitol,” Clyburn said in a statement. “However, there are still remains in this sacred building that glorifies the people and a movement that embraced this flag and tried to divide and destroy our great country. This legislation will remove these memorials from pride of place and show that Americans are , we do not celebrate those who want to divide us ”.
As part of the measure, Taney’s bust would be replaced with one of Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court judge. It would also remove the statues of those who served in the Confederation, one of its Presidents, Jefferson Davis, prominently displayed in Statuary Hall, as well as those of Vice President John C. Calhoun, North Carolina Governor Charles Brantley Aycock, and Arkansas. . Senator James Paul Clarke, all of whom advocated slavery, racial segregation and white supremacy.
The Capitol Architect is asked to identify other statues of those who served in the Confederation. The removed statues would be returned to the states that sent them to the Capitol.
Democrats have been trying to remove memorials to Confederate leaders for years, and their efforts intensified last year when the country faced police brutality and racial intolerance following the death of George Floyd last year.