House and Senate administration committees call for the removal of confederate memorials on capitol grounds

Confederate Memorials
The Confederate Soldiers' Monument on the south lawn of the state Capitol in Austin. Texas is home to more than 180 public symbols of the Confederacy, including around a dozen on the Capitol grounds. However, some state lawmakers are making efforts to remove some markers at the Capitol. Photo by John Jordan/The Texas Tribune

 

Special to The Dallas Examiner

 

AUSTIN – Members of the House Committee on Administration and the Senate Committee on Administration issued a joint letter Monday calling for the immediate removal of several confederate memorials located on the Capitol Grounds. In addition, the members call for the renaming of the John H. Reagan State Office Building.

Reagan, once an elected U.S. House representative of Texas, he seceded from the Union and joined the Confederate States of America and served as its postmaster general.

“By maintaining idols and symbols of hate we are endorsing their body of work as deserving of high honor,” said Rep. Carl Sherman, D-DeSoto. “It’s time to remove idols of men who did not love all men, nor did they believe that people of color were created equal by God. There has never been a time so right to do what’s right.”

The battle to remove confederate symbols – noted as symbols of treason and hate – have continued for many years.

Members expressed that the memorials have signaled to visitors, staff and legislators alike, that for over a century, Texas has venerated the legacy of the Confederacy. By virtue of their placement on state grounds, these memorials are elevated to a reverence reserved for the most righteous of individuals and causes.

“Life size images of men who actually fought to oppress and enslave the entire Black race continue to perpetuate the generational trauma of racism,” remarked Rep. Shawn Thierry, D-Houston. “The time is overdue to correct the record as we can no longer glorify those who fought to uphold the barbaric practice of slavery.

“As a life-long Texan, and descendant of slavery, I join this diverse coalition of my colleagues in the House and Senate as we call for the removal of threatening confederate imagery from the Capitol grounds. The goal is clear: We must ensure that every walkway and hallway of our Capitol is viewed as a safe space for all Texans.”

 

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