Democrats are introducing legislation to remove statues honoring Confederate figures from the Capitol building.Senator Cory Booker, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, made the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday.
James Zachariah George: Confederate colonel who was captured twice during the Civil War, later became a senator, championed 'restoring white supremacy' Jefferson Davis: senator who became the President of the Confederate States who was jailed for two years after the Civil War, later wrote 'Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government'John Caldwell Calhoun: Though he died in 1850 before the Civil War, his strong belief in slavery inspired the Southern separatism 15 years after his death.
Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? 'Also, the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!
' In 2015, House Republicans blocked legislation proposed by CBC Chairman Representative Bennie Thompson to remove Confederate flag symbols from the Capitol.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also called for the statues to be removed, calling the Confederate symbols 'reprehensible.'This would force states to replace 12 of the 100 statues from the National Statuary Collection.
President Trump and several other Republicans have spoken out against removing Confederate statues, claiming doing so erases history and opens the floodgates to have other historical figures deemed racist scrutinized.
Currently, there are no African Americans represented in the collection.