Yesterday, members of the US House of Representatives passed a bill to remove statues of figures who served the Confederacy during the Civil War in the 19th Capitol Building.
While 305 deputies voted against 113 in favor of the measure in the House of Representatives, which is dominated by Democrats, it is still awaiting approval by the Senate, which the Republicans make up the majority of its members.
And US President Donald Trump, who has vehemently opposed to removing statues of historical figures, will have to sign the bill into law.
The bill provides for the removal of statues of people who voluntarily served the Confederacy from Capitol Hill, the seat of Congress.
It is noteworthy that several southern states attempted to secede during the Civil War (1861-1865) to form an independent pro-slavery republic.
The project also provides for the removal of statues of three people who supported either slavery or the theory of white race superiority.
Activists and many African Americans see flags of the Confederacy as symbols of racism, while others, especially whites in the south of the country, see it as a historical legacy.
In mid-June, paintings of four senior deputies from the 19th century serving the Confederacy were removed from the Capitol Building.
The paintings of the four men who all headed the House in the past were removed by order of the current Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
Debate has raged in America about the legacy of racism and slavery in the country, since George Floyd, an African American, was murdered by a white policeman in Minneapolis on May 25.
“My ancestors built the Capitol, but there are still many monuments erected for the same people who enslaved my grandparents,” said California Rep. Karen Pace, who heads the black caucus in Congress.
– The draft resolution demands the removal of statues of 3 people who supported either slavery or the superiority of the white race.
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