Congressman Tim Ryan Calls for the Removal of Confederate Statues from the US Capitol

Aug 17, 2017

Washington, DC -- Congressman Tim Ryan today called for the removal of Confederate statues from the Unites States Capitol. 

"Statues of Confederates or Confederate sympathizers have no place in the Halls of Congress and should be removed immediately. The cause that these Confederate leaders supported would have seen the Capitol building burned to the ground, the Republic which it represents torn apart, and the countless African American Representatives, Senators, staffers, and visitors who work and visit there every day viewed as property simply because of the color of their skin. Those are not values worthy of display in this Capitol or any corner of our nation. Taking down monuments of confederate leaders and sympathizers is not erasing history; it is taking a stand against the glorification of those who fought to end our nation as we know it for the purpose of subjugating an entire race of people. Our children should learn about this era so that they may grow up to help build a more perfect union, one in which the bigoted ideology that led to the Civil War and continued through Jim Crow never rears its ugly head again. But what we should not do is display statues which seek to hold the Confederacy in high esteem, or the system of oppression and dehumanization it's leaders fought to uphold,” said Congressman Ryan