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Calls to remove Confederate markers return to Texas Capitol

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Christy Curtis | 19 August, 2017, 03:40

"If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker [Paul] Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately", Pelosi said. She called on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to remove the statues.

In the wake of a far-right rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, communities and civic leaders across the USA are wrestling with the conundrum: what to do with Confederate statues and memorials?

President Trump on Twitter early Thursday morning decried the removal of "beautiful" statues and monuments that depict "history and culture".

Democratic Congressman Cedric Richmond from Louisiana said he is only calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the Capitol, not statues of the founding fathers. Booker tweeted his intentions on Thursday, saying it was "just one step" and that there is "much work" left to be done.

The Capitol building's National Statuary Hall Collection features at least a dozen monuments that honor Confederate soldiers and politicians, according to records maintained by the Architect of the Capitol.

There are more than 700 Confederate statues in the United States according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, majority created in the 1910s and 1920s, decades after the Civil War ended.

"Whites controlled public space, so African Americans had no opportunity to memorialize or commemorate their role in history", said Gershenhorn. They wanted more time to go into detail to address the threat from white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups.

"These statues must be moved not just because of who they were in the past", he added, "but because of who we are now as a nation and who we must be to ensure an even better and brighter future".

Roughly half of those symbols - 718 of them as of previous year - are monuments and statues.

Florida lawmakers are in the process of replacing Confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith with a substitute that has not been chosen.

Inside you'll find North Carolina's Zebalon Vance, Alexander Hamilton-Stephens of Georgia and leader of the Confederacy Robert E. Lee. "After they get done removing statues to Confederate generals because, arguably, they fought to preserve the institution of slavery, they are going right after slave owners, including the founders - Jefferson, Madison, Washington - and when you undermine the founding fathers, you undermine the founding documents, namely the Constitution of the United States".

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