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Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who's next, Washington, Jefferson? Governors and legislatures decide on who is memorialized for their states and sometimes voluntarily change who is represented.Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have previously called for removal of statues tied to Civil War rebels — without success. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) joined the call to remove statutes tied to the Confederacy.Pennsylvania’s statues honor John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, a member of the first Congress and later Philadelphia’s supervisor of revenue, and Robert Fulton, an engineer who built America’s first steamboat.New Jersey is represented by Richard Stockton, a member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Philip Kearny, an Army officer who fought in the Civil War.It was not quickly clear how much more support Booker’s bill might attract, and lawmakers won’t return to Washington until after Labor Day.

Keeping these monuments would mean a victory for this ideology and those in support of it.“I will be introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol building,” Booker, one of the three black senators, wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning.The New Jersey Democrat added, “This is just one step.To put that into perspective, there were 418,500 total American casualties in World War II.To turn a blind eye to the destruction of the Civil War, regardless of the side, would be an injustice.The events in Charlottesville have brought America's long history of racism and hate to the forefront of political discussion.

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