House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has weighed in on the increasing calls to remove or rename landmarks dedicated to Confederate leaders. She recently argued that nearly a dozen statues of Confederate generals should be taken down from their place on Capitol Hill.
While the speaker has staked a firm stance against these statues in 2020, she has not addressed her own father’s 1948 dedication of a Confederate memorial during his term as the mayor of Baltimore, Maryland.
In the wake of protests that erupted nationwide following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last month, Pelosi wrote a letter to the bicameral Joint Committee of the Library to address the Confederate issue.
“They must be removed”
“The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation,” she wrote. “Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals. Their statues pay homage to hate, not heritage. They must be removed.”
She is currently targeting 11 statues donated in decades past by various states to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol building.
In 2017, she oversaw an effort to move a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Statuary Hall to the Capitol basement.
As Breitbart pointed out, however, she has not publicly addressed the actions and words of her father more than 70 years ago.
Then-Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. spoke at a dedication ceremony for a massive statue in the city’s Wyman Park honoring Lee and Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. He suggested the two men should serve as an inspiration to all Americans.
“Steadfast in our determination”
“We must remain steadfast in our determination to preserve freedom, not only for ourselves, but for other liberty-loving nations who are striving to preserve their national unity as free nations,” he said. “In these days of uncertainty and turmoil, Americans must emulate Jackson’s example and stand like a stone wall against aggression in any form that would seek to destroy the liberty of the world.”
Twenty years later, Pelosi’s brother, Thomas D’Alesandro III, was the mayor of Baltimore and requested that the governor send in thousands of National Guard troops and police officers to put an end to race riots sparked by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Despite her sharp criticism of President Donald Trump’s reaction to recent riots, Breitbart noted that the speaker has also remained mum about this chapter in her family’s political history.
Of course, the big question is whether any journalists will step forward to press her for a response to the words and deeds of her father and brother in light of the current political climate.