The House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday by a vote of 285 to 120 that would remove the Confederate statue from the U.S. Capitol.
Although the 67th floor Republicans Approved the resolution with every Democrat, and 120 Republicans voted against it. California House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Louisiana House Minority Whip Steve Scarlis voted for the demolition of the controversial statue in the Capitol. The figures on display include Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Vice President Alexander Hamilton Stephens.
The third-ranked Republican in the House of Representatives and chairman of the Republican Conference Elise Stefanick New York State legislators voted against making changes.Most Republicans who opposed the legislation blamed Democratic Party Use the bill as a political gimmick while linking this effort to the recent political struggles over critical racial theory-an academic concept that studies race in the historical context of institutionalized racism.Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana insists on the statue of the former president George Washington Next target.
Rosendale said in a statement: “Unfortunately, inspired by structural racism, micro-aggression, and critical racial theories based solely on white supremacy in the United States, the Democrats chose to remove those that emphasized us in 1861. The statue of the previous constitution failure.”. “There is no doubt that those who win the West and George Washington are next.”
A similar resolution was passed by the House of Representatives last year, but no progress was made Senate, Which was controlled by Republicans at the time. McCarthy voted for both measures, but pointed out on Tuesday that the statue to be removed under the legislation was someone who was a member of the bill. Democratic PartyHe then accused the modern Democrats of racism.
“All statues removed by the bill are Democratic statutes,” McCarthy said in the House of Representatives. “Today, the Democratic Party doubled down on what I think is shameful history by replacing the racism of the past with racism that is critical of racial theory.”
“Critical racial theory is the dominant ideology [that] We find it now in the Biden administration,” he continued. “By advocating for it, the Democratic Party continues to incite hatred and division across the country… The United States is not a racist country. “
In addition to requiring the removal of statues of anyone fighting for the Confederacy, the legislation also requires the removal of several other statues related to white supremacy.Change the front bust Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney was the author of the Dred Scott ruling in 1857, which determined that blacks were not American citizens and was a key clause.
Tarney’s ruling was called by many historians the worst ruling ever made by the U.S. Supreme Court, but it was annulled by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution. The bill would replace Tenny’s bust with the bust of former Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was the first black man to serve on the Supreme Court.
“In the unjust decision of Dred Scott, Supreme Court Judge Roger Taney ruled that black Americans are not American citizens,” Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) tweeted. “I just voted to remove his bust from the Capitol and replace it with one of the first African-American Supreme Court justices, Thurgood Marshall.”
The bill will need to be passed in the Senate and signed by the President Joe Biden Take effect. Current rules require states that donate statues to the Capitol must approve their removal before taking any action. In December last year, at the request of the Virginia state government, the statue of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee was demolished.
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