Gov. Northam Takes Step Toward Removing Robert E. Lee Statue From the US Capitol

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is seeking to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that sits in the United States Capitol.

The statue is one of two that Virginia has displayed in the Capitol — each state gets to display two statues in the Capitol — the other statue is of former President George Washington.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Northam said the governor had filed a drafting request for a bill to remove and replace the statue of Lee, according to NBC News.

Northam’s move to replace the statue comes after a letter from two Democratic lawmakers from Virginia — Rep. Jennifer Wexton and Rep. Donald McEachin — who claim the statue “aimed to rewrite Lee’s reputation from that of a cruel slave owner and Confederate General to portraying him as a kind man and reluctant war hero who selflessly served his home state of Virginia.”

The letter runs through a variety of challenges that people of color face in Virginia, then lists several historical figures from Virginia who “bravely chose to fight for justice and equality” as suggestions to replace Lee.

Among those named include Virginians Oliver Hill and Barbara Johns, as well as Booker T. Washington, Maggie Walker, and Nat Turner.

“There are countless commendable Virginians who would better represent our Commonwealth in the U.S. Capitol than a Confederate General, including the Virginians, mentioned above. To that end, we urge you to include the replacement of the Robert E. Lee statue in the U.S. Capitol as part of your agenda for the 2020 Legislative Session.”

Northam’s decision comes as he has been praised for his effort to fight racial inequality in Virginia after he faced calls to resign amid allegations of racism.

Last year, a photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook of a person wearing blackface standing next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan robe for a Halloween party.

But less than a year later, those calls subsided as Northam tried to atone for the picture.

Last week, The Washington Post’s editorial board praised Northam’s efforts to focus on “racial equity and reconciliation” and listed a series of actions Northam has taken to make life better for minority residents of his state.

Responses

  1. What will the dims do when they find out that Arlington National Cemetery was once Robert E. Lee’s Plantation. Most likely rebury the war dead at another location?

  2. Phyllis, your comment is hidden. Please repost it.

  3. Northam is a jerk – Robert E Lee is part of history and he certainly did more than this sad excuse for a governor. Robert E Lee was once the head of West Point and the only reason he joined the Confederacy was because his home state did – to paraphrase: As went Virginia, so went Robert E Lee.

  4. syphilis you are indeed the blithering idiot that all of us thought you were. The demoncrat party is the party of slavery, kkk, jim crow laws, (baby killer) margaret sanger of planned parenthood, assassinations of presidents and political opponents and of bringing the communist party to America. Your party is the party of lies, deceit, hate, racism, class warfare and one party rule. You will never be worthy to live in America. You all are a blight on Her good name. It is almost impossible to cure stupid like you and your party.

  5. I say keep the statue right where it is! If the public opinion is so strong about placing another statue with someone who is among the “countless commendable Virginians who would better represent our Commonwealth of Virginians” , commission another statue in addition to Lee’s. Both are a part of National History and there will NEVER be a common place between parties that accepts either for what, why and who those people were! But simply removing commemorative statues will NOT erase history so whats the point? There will never be a generation where racial division ends………..

    1. Brad the Demo rats want to destroy there raciest legacy. It”s like the people who do not believe that the holocaust happen. They do not want it to be remembered. That is there goal so people will think of them as good when they are just the opposite of good.

  6. General Robert E. Lee fought on the Confederate side only because his home state of Virginia joined the Confederacy. Had Virginia decided to remain in the Union; General Lee would have commanded the Union armies.
    Bare in mind what noted historian and novelist, Shelby Foote in part said: that the “Civil war changed from the United States are; to the United States is”.
    Moreover, after the war; the South had but, one thing; General Lee. And, General Lee used the stature and the reverence that Southerners had for him to reunite the country.
    Are facts and figures from our history going to be picked here, placed there to suit a false narrative? Or, are we going to learn from the entirety of our history?

  7. >Phyll < To quote your comrade ….I’m confused. Wasn’t the KKK organized by the Democrats because they opposed Reconstruction by the North and wanted to keep their slaves?

  8. I don’t think ANY historical statute should be used as a tool in politics! The Governor of Virginia is an ass!

  9. He has to do this, because when runs for reelection he needs all the left on his side. Because his opponent is going to bring up is baby killing law and his black face from college.

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