A group of black lawmakers are calling for the removal of Confederate statues from U.S. Capitol in Washington following the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend, the Gateway Pundit reports.
In an interview with ABC News, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond said: “We will never solve America’s race problem if we continue to honor traitors who fought against the United States in order to keep African-Americans in chains. By the way, thank god, they lost.”
Rep. Bennie Thompson, also a Democrat like Richmond, went even further demanding the flag of his home state Mississippi not be displayed because of its inclusion of the Confederate flag.
Since the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, other localities have moved to remove Confederate statues.
A statue of Confederate army general Robert E. Lee stood in the Capitol since 1909.
But according to an aide to the Congressional Black Caucus, the group is not currently working on any legislative efforts to take down Confederate statues in the Capitol.