“It is time to cease glorifying white supremacists in black robes and Accomplice traitors who defected from the union and took up arms towards the US,” Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland said. “It is one factor to recollect the nation’s Accomplice traitors, it is one other factor to glorify them.”
There was additionally some deep stupidity on show, exemplified by Republican Chief Kevin McCarthy, who simply could not resist the chance to tout the Republican outrage de jour and demand that it is the Democrats who are racist as a result of they’re stating racism. “All of the statues being eliminated by this invoice are of Democrats,” McCarthy stated. “Democrats are determined to faux their occasion has progressed from their days of supporting slavery, pushing Jim Crow legal guidelines, and supporting the KKK,” he continued. “However right this moment, the Democrat Celebration has merely changed the racism of the previous with the racism of vital race principle.”
Along with specifying that the bust of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney be faraway from the Outdated Supreme Courtroom Chamber within the Capitol, the bill directs the architect of the Capitol to determine and take away the entire statues and busts that depict members of the Confederacy inside 45 days of the decision’s enactment. It specifies simply three different people, defenders of slavery and segregation: Charles Brantley Aycock, John Caldwell Calhoun and James Paul Clarke.
This presents one more check for Mitch McConnell’s Senate Republicans, and for Democrats nonetheless defending the Jim Crow filibuster in that physique. The Home handed a model of this similar laws final 12 months, however McConnell as then-majority chief refused to deliver it to the ground for a vote, saying it was pointless and the states ought to select whether or not or to not have the statues representing them within the U.S. Capitol eliminated. He—and his complete convention—cannot keep away from this vote now, however whether or not there are 10 Senate Republicans keen to reject white supremacy and break a filibuster is unclear.