Sen. Cory Booker To Introduce Bill To Remove Confederate Statues
On Thursday, Aug. 17, Sen. Cory Booker tweeted his plans to introduce a bill to take down Confederate statues from the halls of the U.S. capitol.
Sen. Cory Booker is already a legend whose talents and efforts have helped to bring some peace to this maniacal American government. Now, with the outrage pegged to the Charlottesville, Virginia terrorist attack, Cory is aiming to do his part by taking down Confederate supporters a notch or two.
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.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 17, 2017
Statues that recognize heroes like Rosa Parks are located just steps away from those that would’ve wanted her enslaved such as Gen. Robert E. Lee and Alexander Hamilton Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy.
“Individuals who were treasonous to the United States, who took up arms against their own country, and inflicted catastrophic death and suffering among U.S. citizens, should not be afforded such a rare honor in this sacred space,” Booker told HuffPost in a released statement. “The Capitol is a place for all Americans to come and feel welcomed, encouraged, and inspired,” he added. “Confederate statues do the opposite. They are, unequivocally, not only statues of treasonous Americans, but are symbolic to some who seek to revise history and advance hate and division.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also denounced the “reprehensible” Confederate statues in place at the Capitol, calling for their removal. “There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country,” she said. “Our nation must heal and unite,” Booker said. “Part of this process must be unflinchingly and courageously confronting the truth of our past and realizing that what makes us great is not sanitizing our history … but demonstrating America’s greatness in how we have overcome those evils.”