Nancy Pelosi wants to remove all of the Confederate statues from the Capital because they represent “slavery”. If she is removing these monuments and memorials because of slavery, she has quite a few to take down. I believe in equality, there is a movement to remove all monuments and memorials in the South, and remove history from the beginning of America until the Civil War. Then let us know what we are talking about if we are going to make such bold statements.
Where shall I start, maybe from the beginning…
George Washington was a slave-owner and Founding Father of the United States. Washington inherited his first 10 slaves at the age of eleven on the death of his father in 1743. In adulthood, his personal slaveholding grew through inheritance, purchase and natural increase (slave’s chattels born). In 1759, he gained control of slaves belonging to the Custis estate upon his marriage to Martha Dandridge Custis. He owned 317 slaves.
The Washington Monument built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, in the American Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States. There are 241 civil townships and 31 counties named for Washington a slave owner, 11 Institutions of Learning, 5 Forts, 8 Estates, 5 Neighborhoods, 8 transportation area, 11 Monuments, a stained glass window of George Washington at Prayer in the Congressional Prayer Room, US Capitol.
Thomas Jefferson owned 600 slaves and fathered multiple slave children with his quadroon slave Sally Heming’s. Remove the hundreds of high schools, grammar schools and colleges named for Jefferson. There are cities, counties and streets, parks the list goes on.
James Madison owned 100 slaves. Remove the James Madison Memorial Building. The James Madison Memorial Building is one of three United States Capitol Complex buildings that house the Library of Congress. Serves as the official memorial to President James Madison.
James Monroe owned 75 slaves. Remove the academic buildings named after him at the University of Monroe, College of Monroe, Monroe University, and Monroe University. In addition, a statue of Monroe was dedicated in front of Tucker Hall on the campus of the College of William & Mary in 2015. There are 28, cities, towns, villages’, 18 counties, 80 township, 1 unincorporated, and a multitude of streets, etc., statues, markers.
Andrew Jackson owned 200 slaves; he was also a slave trader. Remove at the center of Lafayette Park, along the White House’s north side, stands this equestrian statue of President Andrew Jackson. Cast to commemorate Jackson’s victory at the Battle of New Orleans. Towns, cities, parks must be renamed. What about the USS Andrew Jackson.
Martin Van Buren owned one slave (Not so rich), his father owned six slaves. Are we to remove his name from the parks, school, and a mountain?
William Henry Harrison owned 11 (Again not so rich) slaves. Not so much information about him!
John Tyler owned 70 slaves. Remove any memorials of Tyler that was a slaveholder, at one point keeping forty slaves at Greenway.] Although he regarded slavery as an evil, and did not attempt to justify it (Two-faced), he never freed any of his slaves. Tyler considered slavery a part of states’ rights, and therefore the federal government lacked the authority to abolish it. Tyler had fathered several sons with his slaves, and later sold them.
James K. Polk owned 25 slaves. A slaveholder for most of his adult life, he owned a plantation in Mississippi and bought slaves while president. What more can be said?
Zachary Taylor owned 150 slaves.
The list of what you call upright, law-abiding citizens were not what this country stands for today. You want equality in what stays and who goes, you have your work cut out for you. Study your history; there are many statues, monuments and memorials to many of our presidents that owned slaves. This is just the presidents, not counting the Congress, House, and Senate of the day. Maybe this atrocity against human beings should be announced publicly, have someone give testimony to congress as to why they should go, or stay?
If you are going to make such bold statements Nancy on Confederate statues, you need to acquaint yourself to history; then decide on removing “History”.