Florida wants to get rid of its Confederate statue. But not now

Confederate statues and American iconoclasts

US President Donald Trump bitingly decried the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons Thursday, declaring the nation is seeing "the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart".

But there is something to be said for simply abrogating the tradition of the states getting to choose which 100 Americans should be honored so uniquely in the U.S. Capitol, particularly when states exercise that choice by dishonoring the country and its post-Civil War, post-Jim Crow principles. "Robert E. Lee. Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson?"

A spokesman for Republican U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said it was up to U.S. states to determine which statues were displayed on their behalf in the Capitol building.

As the governor of Virginia, McAuliffe would have the ability to remove the statue legally, since there is no existing state code that requires the decision be made by the Republican-controlled state legislature.

Virginia is host the more Confederate statues than any other state. A nationwide debate is underway concerning the removal of statues, monuments and historical markers that memorialize the Confederacy.

"So foolish! Also ... the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!" he tweeted.

"This is probably going to be ongoing and we're not expecting it to die down any time soon, but you know, previous attempts to even have the conversation about these monuments haven't really gone anywhere", she says.

It is one of almost a dozen Confederate monuments and markers around the Texas Capitol. "Hate needs to be removed not only in symbols, but also from our laws".

But sympathies persist, as both lawmakers and citizens resist plans to remove them.

"Whether we like it or not this is what our history is and to me it's just like going to New York City right now and taking down the monument of those who perished in 9/11", LePage told WGAN radio during a weekly interview.

Lauren McGaughy of the Dallas Morning News says the Children of the Confederacy Creed was installed in the late 1950s - almost a half-century later than other Confederate monuments at the Capitol. While numerous monuments came hand-in-hand with Jim Crow enforcement, they are still "historically significant and essential to understanding a critical period of our nation's history". But the House turned down their top choice, African-American educator Mary McLeod Bethune.

Pelosi understands that it's not easy to remove a statue. Officials in places like North Carolina and Kentucky have said they want local monuments taken down.

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