Nancy Pelosi’s symbolic action is the latest example. Pelosi is removing four portraits of past Speakers who she says were confederates. The portraits have been there for many decades.
She has been there for over 30 years, and Speaker for some of those.
She "just recently" found out about the existence of these particular portraits.
So just how offensive could the existence of these portraits have been?
Three to be removed served as Speakers well before the Civil war ( or Confederacy) even existed. Her reasoning that they were Confederates is laughable , but it plays well. Also, three of them were Democrats.....one Whig.
Fortunately however, I am sure racism will disappear in the next few days as a result of her symbolic action. (Assuming, of course , that William Jefferson Clinton expunges his offensive middle name also.)
Pelosi should remove the portraits of the Democrat speakers in the 20 th century from southern states who supported poll taxes to suppress poor Black voters.
We should also ask Speaker Pelosi why she did not have Democrat Jim Wright's portrait removed. He was forced to resign as Speaker due to huge ethical concerns. Among them , he hired his daughter's husband to a position after the man was paroled from prison after serving only 27 months of a 15 year sentence. The man had beaten a woman with a hammer and left her for dead, but she lived to tell. Surely Jim Wright's deplorable actions and record rate the removal of his portrait, don't you think?