Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is a well-known opponent of Confederate monuments. Just recently, however, it was revealed that her father, who served as the Democratic Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, actually supported Confederate monuments.
Specifically, while pushing back against Pelosi’s call to have Confederate statues removed during a recent Fox News interview, Ron Meyer, the Editor at Red Alert Politics, stated, “Democrats have a pretty poor history on Civil Rights, including Nancy Pelosi’s own father who was the Mayor of Baltimore — and was one of the people who dedicated statues to Robert E. Lee and ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, and in his speech said that they defended ‘sacred institutions.’ What are those ‘sacred institutions’? One of them is slavery.”
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) August 21, 2017
In a follow-up article published online, Meyer explained that Pelosi’s father, Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr. (D), spoke at the dedication of a monument to Lee and Jackson back in 1948. At the dedication, he proclaimed, “today, with our nation beset by subversive groups and propaganda which seeks to destroy our national unity, we can look for inspiration to the lives of Lee and Jackson to remind us to be resolute and determined in preserving our sacred institutions.”
Meyer’s revelation comes shortly after Pelosi called on Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Speaker of the House, to help Democrats get rid of Confederate statues from the Capitol. “If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately,” she claimed in a statement released last week.
“[The statues in the Capitol should] “embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation,” she continued, noting, “the Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible.”
Unfortunately, Pelosi isn’t the only Democratic lawmaker determined to get rid of “offensive” Confederate monuments. Earlier this week, the Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to cover the city’s statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson with a black fabric. They did this to mourn the death of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old Virginia woman who was killed after Fields drove his Dodge Challenger into a group of Charlottesville counter-protesters during a “Unite the Right” event to protest over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. The covering of the statues is also the city’s first step towards removing them.
And prior to that, Dwaine Caraway (D), a former Dallas mayor and current Dallas City Council member, promised to have the city’s Civil War monument, which features statues of Jefferson Davis, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America, and Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Albert Sidney Johnston, torn down by the end of the year.
In addition to Caraway, Democratic lawmakers in Congress, Reps. Dwight Evans (D-PA) and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), have also come out in support of tearing down Confederate monuments. Earlier this month, they introduced the “No Federal Funding for Confederate Symbols Act.”
According to the legislation, “no federal funds may be used for the creation, maintenance, or display, as applicable, of any Confederate symbol on federal public land, including any highway, park, subway, federal building, military installation, street, or other federal property.” This means that, if passed, all Confederate monuments on federal land would have to be removed.
On Twitter, Rep. Cory Booker (D-NJ) mentioned that he has similar plans as well. Specifically, he tweeted, “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.”
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
Conservatives need to work together and stop the authoritarian left from destroying our country’s many important monuments. They must not be allowed to tear things down simply because they consider it to be “offensive.”