House Democrats include removal of Confederate statues, busts in funding bill

Written by NYpost | Source: NYpost | July 07, 2020 04:28 PM

Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee released a federal funding bill Monday that includes a call for the removal of statues and busts of Confederate members and any “individuals with unambiguous records of racial intolerance,” according to the Committee’s summary.

The call to purge statues on Capitol Hill comes amid a national debate over the removal of Confederate monuments nationally in the wake of the killing of a 46-year-old black man, George Floyd, in police custody, which has sparked protests over police brutality and racial injustice.

A draft of the bill’s text specifically defines Confederate Statues as statues “depicting any individuals who served as members of the Confederacy” or of “military forces of a State against the United States.”

The bill also names four specific statues to be removed: Charles Brantley Aycock, a lawyer, teacher and former North Carolina governor known as a pillar of the Democratic Party’s white supremacist campaigns and a promoter of segregation; John Caldwell Calhoun, former Vice-President of the Unites States who promoted slavery as a “positive good” beneficial to slaves; James Paul Clarke, former United States Senator of the Democratic Party and governor of Arkansas who was a proponent of white supremacy; and lastly and most significantly, Rodger B. Taney, a former Chief Justice of the United States who authored the Dred Scott decision ruling that black Americans “were not intended to be” American citizens.

The provision including removing the Confederate statues was added to a draft of the legislative funding bill that seeks to provide in excess of $4 billion to the legislative branch for the 2021 fiscal year, which begins in October.


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