Civil and Human Rights Coalition calls for Confederate statues to be removed from U.S. capitolAround the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights Saturday, August 19th, 2017
WASHINGTON—Today The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights called for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.
“As a nation, we must learn from our past. We need not idolize figures who sought to divide our country and advanced racism,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “The halls of Congress should honor those who have advanced American values of justice, equality and opportunity. If our congressional leaders are serious about rejecting white supremacy, violent extremism, and racial bigotry, they should remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol.
“But that cannot be all they do. Congress must explore how our government is investigating and rooting out hate crimes, violent white supremacist groups and the threat posed by violent white nationalists. Lawmakers should stop pursuing policies that seek to divide, rather than unite, the nation. Hate needs to be removed not only in symbols, but also from our laws.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States.
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