By Thomas J. Edwards
Congressional Democrats with some help from the GOP vote to remove any vestige of their heroes and leaders of yesteryear from the halls of Congress. Statesmen, military leaders, principal politicians, and a Supreme Court chief justice are among the statues and busts to be taken from their pedestals in the US Capitol and office buildings and spirited away to museums and storage rooms to gather dust.
All are representative of the Confederacy and attempts to maintain slavery of Black Americans. All are Democrat, the political party that fiercely opposed attempts to abolish slavery, then tried to block Abraham Lincoln’s attempts to maintain the United States as a union while trying to reach a solution on slavery before southern states seceded from that union.
The move to a vote in Congress was triggered by repeated shaming of Democrats and race hustlers by Republicans and others for maintaining insistence that Blacks are victims of White oppression and thus are permanent victims in American society deserving a lifetime on the government welfare dole for their subsistence, making permanent the plantation mentality.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat from the border slave state of Maryland, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, New York Democrat from a state considered more racially segregated than most places in the South, were pressured to bring the issue to a vote by constant reminders of the Democrat principal role in slavery.
Democrats maneuvered to undermine Reconstruction after the Civil War and finally succeeded with the Compromise of 1877 that gave the presidency to Rutherford B. Hayes if he would end Reconstruction. In the meantime, Democrats led by Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest founded the Ku Klux Klan which terrorized Blacks for the nearly 80 years of the Jim Crow era. At the same time, Southern Democrats maintained a stranglehold on Congress by virtue of seniority until the Southern Bloc was eased out by the strength of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
Pelosi managed to easily get the removal legislation through the House with Republican help for the second time in two years. The Senate blocked a similar bill in 2020 but is expected to approve it this year now that the onus falls heavily on the Democrats. Note: The Supreme Court Justice is Roger B.Taney, a Maryland Democrat who wrote what many consider the worst decision ever by the high court, the Dred Scott decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford, which declared Blacks as marginal human beings to be forever bound in slavery to White owners.