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Congressman Jamie Raskin

Representing the 8th District of Maryland

Statement of Congressman Jamie Raskin about Monuments to Confederates and White Supremacists

August 15, 2017
Press Release
The past is never dead. It’s not even past. — William Faulkner

The chilling events in Charlottesville over the weekend have reminded Americans of the murderous dangers of white supremacy and racial terror in our land.

When Klansmen, neo-Nazi skinheads, and other white supremacists overtook Charlottesville to intimidate the city and demand reversal of its decision to take down a statue of Robert E. Lee, they intensified public debate over the propriety of placing and maintaining monuments to Confederate generals, white supremacist agitators and slave masters on public lands.

In 2017, monuments on public land glorifying Confederate traitors and racist ideologues should come down.

Click here to read Rep. Raskin's full statement.