In the wake of the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville that led to one death, black lawmakers are ramping up efforts in Congress to remove Confederate statues from federal property, including some in the U.S. Capitol.
“The Confederate statues in the Capitol are offensive to all African American congressmen and African Americans that visit the Capitol every day,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Caucus members said the Charlottesville rally underscored racial tensions flaring up across the country, spurring them to also propose measures to remove Confederate symbols from public places and rename federal buildings named for Confederate leaders.
White nationalists and neo-Nazis gathered in Charlottesville Aug. 11 and 12 to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Heather Heyer was killed when James Fields plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. (USA Today)