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house Bill H.R. 7573

Should Statues of Confederates or Other Defenders of Slavery & White Supremacy Be Removed From the U.S. Capitol?

Argument in favor

Statues of former Confederates & supporters of slavery or white supremacy should not be publicly displayed in the U.S. Capitol and states that have sent such statues need to replace them. This bill would ensure that the offending statues are removed from public display until the states that sent them to the Statuary Hall Collection arrange for them to be returned.

Christopher's Opinion
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07/22/2020
Why put up statues and revere traitorous losers? I asked this question 30 years ago in HS. I don’t know of any other country that pays homage to conquered enemies.
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Savannah's Opinion
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07/23/2020
Removing statues does not erase history, it just removes the idea that they stood for something to be praised. Germany has no statues of their Nazi soldiers, however they still learn their history as something horrible that occurred, not something to be praised or celebrated. The US should do the same.
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Austin's Opinion
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07/22/2020
It is time that we honor the lives of marginalized individuals and not celebrate the racist history that perpetuated so much of the bigotry and hate still pervasive today.
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Argument opposed

Several states are already in the process of replacing their statues depicting former Confederates or other supporters of slavery & white supremacy, and those that aren’t will likely follow suit soon. There’s no need for Congress to move the statues out of public view in the meantime.

Lori's Opinion
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07/22/2020
No. History is history. We correct any and all mistakes by learning from them. People should look back and see how changes have been made. If we start looking back at history there will be none. What will we teach our children? Nothing has been said about this issue until Trump was placed into office.
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Doug's Opinion
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07/22/2020
History reminds us of where we came from, and if we don’t remember history we are bound to repeat it.
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Ezequiel's Opinion
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07/23/2020
I think it’s more disgusting this is an issue, and my representative voted in favor. She is not representing me or many in her region. We MUST protect and preserve them for it is a piece of history. We read and learn about this all throughout school, are we going to erase everything from our history books as well? This is not wise and I’m sure the senate will make a better job on voting against it.
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    Why put up statues and revere traitorous losers? I asked this question 30 years ago in HS. I don’t know of any other country that pays homage to conquered enemies.
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    No. History is history. We correct any and all mistakes by learning from them. People should look back and see how changes have been made. If we start looking back at history there will be none. What will we teach our children? Nothing has been said about this issue until Trump was placed into office.
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    Removing statues does not erase history, it just removes the idea that they stood for something to be praised. Germany has no statues of their Nazi soldiers, however they still learn their history as something horrible that occurred, not something to be praised or celebrated. The US should do the same.
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    It is time that we honor the lives of marginalized individuals and not celebrate the racist history that perpetuated so much of the bigotry and hate still pervasive today.
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    these people should NOT BE HONORED. these statues aren't historical, they don't teach anything. there's a reason there's no memorials of hitler in germany. we don't need a commemoration of slavery. besides, these are statues of CONFEDERATES. these are literal traitors against the united states.
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    History reminds us of where we came from, and if we don’t remember history we are bound to repeat it.
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    Nobody is saying anything about erasing history. History belongs in a museum, that’s where all these statues should go. Statues in public places represent idols and praise. These statues especially of slave owners should be taken down, those statues represent different things to different people sooo ya its 2020 slavery universally bad its a big bad get rid of them statues. We are to far in the future to say “well its history it was ok back then” its dirty history and we have to be better
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    The confederacy was an insurgent traitor action. It should not be celebrated or honored. And I’m from Alabama so I grew up hearing all the propaganda; the confederacy was a failed traitorous rebellion and should not be honored or celebrated.
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    This should have been done a long time ago. History can be learned in museums, classrooms, and books. A statue is a statement of reverence which should not be used to glorify those who fought expressly for the right to own slaves.
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    The confederacy violated human rights aka slavery. We as a nation should not be proud of beating, raping, and lynching people for hundreds of years. We as a nation should not be proud of degrading and abusing anybody or anything especially not those we FORCED to be here.
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    Duh
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    Maybe all white folks could just be eliminated since it appears that we are the cause for every bad thing that has happened to anyone else - I guess all the hard work, sacrificing, and volunteering and living within your means is just part of privilege- well the one privilege I don’t have is blaming someone else for the mistakes I’ve made
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    Traitors should not be honored. That’s why you don’t see statues of Hitler in Berlin or Mussolini in Rome.
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    I think it’s more disgusting this is an issue, and my representative voted in favor. She is not representing me or many in her region. We MUST protect and preserve them for it is a piece of history. We read and learn about this all throughout school, are we going to erase everything from our history books as well? This is not wise and I’m sure the senate will make a better job on voting against it.
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    My representative Jack Bergman voted no to removing Confederate statues from the White House. I am surprised. I thought he represented Michigan which was a part of the Union and against slavery. Why is he, as a retired military officer, supporting traitors who divided our nation so they could continue to own other human beings as slaves. When they lost the war and surrendered they should have been re-assimilated into the country but not celebrated for any of their military might. Their statues need to be removed and, if the south wants to honor these traitors they should fund their own museums and hide these in their museums. This way fellow racists can go celebrate these traitors and pay entrance fees to support dusting them off and keeping them out of the sight of the real Americans who exist in this country.
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    Of all the places to have a bust commemorating someone who advocated for slavery, the Capitol is not it. The Capitol should be a monument to All men are created equal and Freedom and justice for all. There should be nothing in the Capitol that looks back to the Confederacy or Slavery but should only represent those who served the law of this land, the United States Constitution.
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    No! Plain and simple! No!
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    Leave history alone. Of course the democrats passed this in the House. It is their goal to destroy America and all that are faithful to the Constitution and the history of our nation. Like it or not, it is our history. Don't destroy it.
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    These signs of our history are important and also works of art which should be maintained and protected for all. The story of the United States is constantly being eroded and such actions must be stopped in order to preserve our history and remind everyone of where we have come from.
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    No! If any statue is removed then take down every statue because it might offend others and never put another one up. Never! Even slave owners made good contributions to this country despite their flaws to own slaves. The fact that anyone bought and owned slaves in this country is the biggest mistake ever made in this country and their greatest flaw!!
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