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George Floyd: Speaker Pelosi Calls For Removal Of Confederate Statues

George Floyd: Speaker Pelosi Calls For Removal Of Confederat

Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has called on the US Government to take down all 11 Confederate statues around the US Capitol.

This comes on the heel of the death of George Floyd, whose death has caused nationwide outrage and the call for the dismantling of the systemic racism plaguing the country.

Nancy said, “Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals."

“Their statues pay homage to hate, not heritage. They must be removed," she added.

The statues featuring in the Capitol are Jefferson Davis' bronze statue, the president of the Confederate States of America, and Alexander Stephens' marble figure, vice president of the Confederate states.

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According to Nancy, the two statues are of two men who were charged with treason against the United States, and are on full display in the Statuary Hall, in the Capitol building.

Nancy noted the despicable words of Alexander Stephens in 1861, where he said that the Confederacy was built on “the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man.”

This is not the first time that Nancy would make a call for the takedown of the statues.

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