Senator announces proposal to remove monuments from Capitol

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Wednesday, New Jersey Senator Corey Booker announced on his personal Twitter account,”I will be introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol building. This is just one step. We have much work to do.”

Hours later, a Twitter storm erupted. President Donald J. Trump fired off several Tweets defending Confederate monuments, stating, “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. The beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns, and parks will be greatly missed. You can’t change history.”

President Trump reasoned that if Confederate monuments such as Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were removed,  the government would be hard-pressed to prevent the removal of monuments which represent some of our Founding Fathers, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both of whom were slave owners.

If Senator Booker has his way, and his proposals about removing Confederate monuments make it into a Senate bill, the legislation would come at a time when race and other ideological tensions in America are high, and it would come at a time when a myriad of President Trump’s issues and agenda items are under scrutiny.

Whether Confederate monuments and statutes should remain a part of our history, or whether they should be removed, scrubbing American history clean of its “blemishes” has come under the microscope even more intensely, in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

As reported Thursday, a descendant of Civil War Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, Jack Christian, claimed, “They [the monuments] were constructed to be markers of white supremacy. They were constructed to make black people fearful. I can only imagine what persons of color who have to walk and drive by those every morning think and feel.”

Booker re-tweeted the following post, sharing an article title, “The U.S. Capitol has at least three times as many statues of Confederate figures as it does of black people.” 

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