Jennifer Wexton

Jennifer Wexton at the Loudoun Chamber Valor Awards in April.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam's office said Monday that he will push for legislation replacing Virginia’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee housed in the United States Capitol.

The governor filed a drafting request for a bill that would outline the process for removing the statue — one of Virginia's two in the National Statuary Hall Collection — and selecting a replacement, Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said. The disclosure from Northam's office came in response to questions about a letter from two Democratic members of Congress that called on Northam to make replacing the statue part of his agenda for the legislative session that begins next month.

“As Virginians, we have a responsibility to not only learn from but also confront our history,” U.S. Reps. Jennifer Wexton and A. Donald McEachin wrote in a letter released Monday. “As part of this responsibility, we must strive for a more complete telling of history by raising up the voices, stories, and memories of minorities and people of color."

Yarmosky said Northam's office had previously discussed the issue with McEachin and Wexton's offices “and we look forward to continuing to work with them and all others who are committed to making Virginia open, inclusive, and equitable.”

She said additional details about the legislation would be announced later.

The National Statuary Hall Collection consists of 100 statues, two each from all 50 states, that honor notable people in their history. Virginia's other statue is of George Washington.

“Virginia’s decision to donate the statue of Lee was a part of a national effort to rewrite the history of the South’s secession and rehabilitate the image of Confederate leaders,” said a press release from Wexton's office.

Wexton and McEachin's letter mentioned a number of Virginians who “would better represent our Commonwealth in the U.S. Capitol,” including civil rights lawyer Oliver Hill and educator and orator Booker T. Washington.

The two noted that other states have recently reconsidered their representation in the collection. Florida, for instance, recently replaced its statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith with one of civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune.

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(110) comments

amerigirl

Jeanne how am I 'haranguing like a Puritan'? That's absurd. Still nothing about the actual article? Comon' there has got to be more to you than the girl who sits and waits for me to post so she can say something negative, right? Obviously you don't like me, and I don't really care but that can't be the main reason that you post here.

debbbie

In Germany, the nazi statues & symbols are placed in museums and concentration camps are preserved. German students are required to visit these sites (so history is not repeated and the victims are not forgotten). Same should apply to confederate statues in the U.S. Put the Lee statue in the African American civil war section of the museum in DC. Keep them in the proper context. Those statues are not to be honored because fighting for preserving the institution of slavery is just not honorable.

Lawman

Loudoun4Dump I know history is a hard thing to understand for some people, but, you need to realized that those people who did those horrible things to Black people in the South are now all republicans. They were democrats because they hated Lincoln. They became Republicans during the civil rights era. So you and your fellow republicans are the same Dixiecrats you have always been.

ace10

I do enjoy watching (D)s writhe and wriggle out of their past. And present. The plantations may look different, but the concept is unchanged.

Sayzero0

I am SO SICK of these liberals trying to erase history of this country. GET OVER IT. Yes, times change. But you are supposed to learn from the past. And also respect our heritage and understand our history and GROWTH in this nation. PUT BACK THESE STATUES so that they can be a part of the PROGRESS of our country. Stop being so damned stupid and thinking that everything is racist or politically incorrect. If you ask me, the DENIAL of all of this is politically INCORRECT.

amerigirl

A lot of us are sick of the right wing nuts trying to preserve the racist past. The history books won't change. Time to move on to a more civilized mindset. Statues don't create progress. These statues create divisiveness, your denial of that fact is telling.

Jeanne T

"right wing nuts". Now that's rich, as you're always lecturing others about name calling.

ChickenChucker

I see you haven't read a LCPS hISTORY textbook. When my kids were in HS the American History only had one paragraph on the Viet Nam War, a very divisive time in our country lasting almost 2 decades. History books don't change a thing. Statues don't create divisiveness or racism; Socialists do.

amerigirl

Well Jeanne I use he term nuts as fanatics, you can have them on the right or left. It simply means that they are "nuts" over something. Most people who are just right wing don't have such a fanatical attitude as some of the people posting here. Happy New Year!

amerigirl

Chicky, try telling African Americans that statues don't create divisiveness or racism. It's not ocialism that is causing a divide it is all these hate filed people like the white nationalist or the people who are out to kill the Jews in NY.

Well Water Person

So what black, gay person or illegal alien is going to represent the Commonwealth in the Capitol rotunda? I'm sure it will fully represent the way Virginia is turning. Maybe it is time to move.

amerigirl

If they are good at the job why would their skin color, sexual orientation, or country of origin matter? Do you think only whites are capable? No they would have to be legal. If you can't accept people for who they are and how they were born that's a shame and quite a white nationalist attitude. I sincerely hope you aren't one.

ChickenChucker

Put your race cards away, they don't become you amerihoneybunch. His ideas are abhorrent, and so are yours, and you think mine are too. We are or should be entitled to our own opinions, so get over it.

Jeanne T

LOL

amerigirl

How is that a white nationalist attitude, it's just the opposite.

Don't let the "we don't need rascist, homophobic zenophobes in Virginia" door hit you on the way out...

ChickenChucker

Why do you keep trying too run our country MAGA.

John M

Maybe they could replace the old statue with one of Northam in blackface.

amerigirl

Guess you think you're funny continuing a talking point by the repubs that was never proven. Typical republican, when in doubt, state it as fact.

LetFreedomRing

Except that Racist Ralph publicly admitted it was him in the photo. He just didn’t specify which person — the hooded racist or the black face racist. It wasn’t until later that he changed his story and decided to lie about it by saying it wasn’t him. What person would ever admit to being a racist if there was no way they were racist? It doesn’t happen. Please stop trying to defend this racist, bigot in the Governor’s seat. He’s racist and only fellow racists would defend him.

workhardgetahead

What an obtuse comment. Never been proven?? LMAO

amerigirl

work, people have tried to find out if it is him and they say they it is inconclusive. You think you have proof then please share.

amerigirl

Let. So that makes him a racist now? He also said at the same time "This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians' faith in that commitment." Yes he said he wasn't sure it was him and even paid someone to find out if it was and it came up inconclusive. The school tried to figure out if it was him also and it came up inconclusive also. Why shouldn't he be defended when I see you defend racist trump over and over?

ChickenChucker

I believe you are using republican talking points. Did the socialists run out?

Jeanne T

Guess you think you're smart by continuously haranguing like a Puritan. Were they ancestors of yours by any chance?

Lawman

Outstanding, put the confederacy and all it stood for in the trash heap of history right there next to the third reich and CCCP. In case you have not been paying attention, Virginia is not red or purple, it’s Blue and it’s going to stay that way, simple mathematics. All of you who don’t like, move to Alabama. It’s the new people that are taking Virginia to the next level. Get over it or get out. We don’t care which one it is because all this confederate ideology is going!!!

ace10

And just for clarification, by taking Virginia to the next level, you mean high taxes, illegal immigrant sanctuaries, rampant crime and bloated government spending, right? You've repeatedly told people who don't like your ideology to get out of your state. Move somewhere else. Well, don't worry. When you're overrun by a foreign culture you don't understand and by people who don't want to assimilate in what you consider to be "your' Virginia, you too will be looking for a new place to reside, else be forced to live under their rules and their culture. History proves this to be the case.

Loudoun4Trump

sounds good lawman....I would love to erase all that democrat hatred of the past that caused the first civil war, democrat institutions include slavery, KKK, jim crow laws, trail of tears, against civil rights of all things.....democrat socialists are the worst and need to be beat at the polls each time you can....you are correct lawman, people with money will move out of state and you will be left with the trash and watch your state rot like all other democrat run cities and states....

amerigirl

You do realize that the dems back then are the republicans today, right? Their platforms switch along with the ideology.

Penguin

"Move to Alabama?" SO those of us born and have lived our entire lives here in Virginia should move because a Representative suddenly decides after 100 years that a statue suddenly offends all us now? LOL you really sound like an idiot!

amerigirl

It isn't sudden. They have tried to have these statues removed for years but there is a law that says it must be approved by the general assembly. It should be up to local governments not the general assembly.

ace10

News Flash: There isn't a General Assembly in the Federal government. Apparently, reading comprehension is going the way of the dodo. And/or the basic understanding of civics.

amerigirl

Ace, news flash I never said that, pay attention, this article is about Virginia. Newsflash if you read the article you would know that. There is nothing sudden about the confederate statues being offensive. There just was nothing local governments could do when the laws about removal say that only the assembly says what they can do

amerigirl

Ace, yes if you cannot understand that his article is about Virginia and that the General Assembly is in Virginia then apparently, reading comprehension is going the way of the dodo. And/or the basic understanding of civics.

amerigirl

Suddenly? This has been an ongoing battle for years now. People have been offended for years now. It has been those right wing, power hungry, white elitist conservatists that run the assembly that wouldn't change the laws to let local governments decide what they should do with the statues.

ace10

Your understanding of so many subjects is incredibly limited, yet you insist on spamming nearly each and every story with nonsense. Any time a (D) does something stupid, or racist, or both, or makes a stupid proposal, it is a virtual certainty that your post count will approach 50% of the entire comments section trying to defend the word or deed. I'm embarrassed for you.

amerigirl

ace10 maybe you should save yourself some embarrassment and fact check hat you say. You say my statements are spam, tell me which one and I will prove it is not. You on the other hand keep spreading conspiracy theories,

workhardgetahead

Amerigirl, for one, your comment about Northam and his Blackface photo hasn't been proven. That's a joke!

Jeanne T

"We don’t care which one it is because all this confederate ideology is going!!!"

LOL, you mean the Democrat Party is going, right? Right? After all, that was the party of slavery. (Not one Republican owned slaves.) The Ku Klux Klan was its terrorist arm. YOU KNOW THAT. Yet you lecture others about the Confederacy and embrace the Democrat Party, whose roots are deep in slavery and discrimination. You are a hypocrite. (And no, I'm not a Southerner, nor do I have any ancestors who fought in the Civil War.)

amerigirl

Do you see how much the dems have taken over VA? They are the majority and going nowhere. If you know so much about history of the republican and democratic parties then you also know that they switched platforms. The current ideology of republican is what used to be democratic and vise-versa, from 1800 to 1829, the Democratic-Republicans split into two factions by 1828: the federalist National Republicans, and the Democrats.Do you think you would find democrats in the KKK? There is a reason that these hate groups are referred to as "right-wing white nationalist".It looks like you are repeating the spiel from Larry Elder on FOX, which has been fact checked. The claim that republicans didn't own slaves Elder recanted the next day on twitter. Francis P. Blair, one of the Republican Party’s founders, owned slaves while he presided over the 1856 Republican convention.The KKK was a grassroots movement founded between 1865 and 1867 by a group of Confederate veterans in Pulaski, Tenn., as a social fraternity that quickly morphed into a violent white supremacy group, not the Democratic party. The KKK only existed in a "meaningful way" until 1871. Around 1920, a new, larger organization adopted the name. It was much more tied to the Republican than the Democratic Party, though it did have members of both parties. The KKK had particularly strong footing in Indiana, where the group’s leader was "a kingmaker in GOP politics and took down several GOP officials with a scandal."

Jeanne T... you make a good argument but you left out the most important point. All those Democrats of our racist past changed into Republicans after LBJ got the voting rights act passed and Nixon worked his "Southern Strategy" magic.

workhardgetahead

The new KKK is Antifa. The terrorist arm of the democratic party.

workhardgetahead

Tell that to the 100 something Virginia county and thier legislators who support 2nd amendment sanctuary counties

ChickenChucker

Are you the guy that the Sheriff fired? Weird. I'm going to tell my mommy on you and my daddy can beat your daddy at arm wrestling.

trickydick

I thought the proposal by Northam and Wexton was foolish -- until I read the even-more-foolish comments of those opposing it. Is there a way to take a "none of the above" position on this question? No wonder our formerly fine nation is going down the toilet if these two moronic positions are the only options!

Pre-yuppieLoudouner

Erasing history reminds me of the political party my dad fought in Europe during WW2.What a hypocrite.Northam is backpedaling furiously to cover his clownish racist behavior.The urban transplants from the Rust Belt states vited in this sleaze,along with out-of-state millions in funds to buy the election.

RandomName2019

Erasing history is what perpetuated the spread of Confederate memorials. Let's not be ingenuous about when, and why, most of these were erected. It's not about heritage, unless you tie that heritage to the seccession documents, CSA constitution, and subsequent Jim Crow laws that appeared at the same time the monuments did.

amerigirl

Not to mention groups like Daughters of the American Revolution had statues mass produced and "gifted" them to municipalities.

ace10

Wow, this one might just take the cake. I've now learned that the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) are responsible for Confederate statues. Talk about spreading loony conspiracy theories...

amerigirl

Ace, where were you during history class? Try History.com, it says White women were instrumental in raising funds to build these Confederate monuments. The United Daughters of the Confederacy, founded in the 1890s, was probably the most important and influential group. In fact, the group was responsible for creating what is basically the Mount Rushmore of the Confederacy: a gigantic stone carving of Davis, Lee and Jackson in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Its production began in the 1910s, and it was completed in the 1960s. It wasn’t just DAR but other groups also like United Daughters of the Confederacy. funded, erected, and dedicated the monuments. Most Confederate monuments were the result of private groups colonizing public space.

ace10

You specifically stated that the DAR paid for Confederate war statues. This is 100.00% incorrect. TOTALLY WRONG. Which fits right in with most of the other garbage you incessantly post. Good grief.

Loudoun4Trump

These two need to go....Klansman Northam and week Wexton…..need to get out of politics...thankfully VA had the foresight to only grant one term so this embarrassment of Northam shall pass....but Wexton is a dangerous member of the squad that needs to be replaced.....Cant believe she voted for that sham impeachment vote.....turns out whistleblower flew to Ukraine with Biden in 2016 to set up their money laundering and fraud scheme with Burisma to steal 150 million in us taxpayers cash.....nice job democrats....this is worse than the Tammeny hall crew that wsa finally brought to justice....today the FBI, CIA, DOJ and press are all in on the corruption....incredible.....Adam is full of Shifft...

Duncan Idaho

Funny how you know the identity of the whislleblower. Why don't you tell us who it is. Or are you just repeating Breitbart/Hannity lies?

LoudounSucks

Dude, if you're gonna talk smack, at least check your grammar and spelling.

chrisnich

Considering that Wexton's first act of business was to replace her predecessor's POW/MIA flag with a transgender flag in front of her office, I shudder to think what she wants to add to statuary hall in place of Gen. Lee.

bboop

This is a terrible mistake for Wexton to follow Northam into his destruction of Virginia & its history. She will follow him out the door. Virginians have a right to their history.

jke

Thanks for this bill which will make me safer, richer and cut my healthcare costs, Jenny!

amerigirl

She has already sponsored, co-sponsored or voted for all those bills you mentioned and they all passed the house. Your argument should be with Mitch who is sitting on over 200 bills from the house and has said that he won't bring them to the floor because he won't work with Democrats. He is about to violate an oath when the impeachment trial is held, looks like he doesn't believe is our Government.

ChickenChucker

You think Schiff, Nadler, and Queen NANCY had appropriate behavior, holding secret hearings, excluding republicans, and not allowing republicans to subpoena their own witnesses. And the Dems allowing their own attorney to play witness and prosecutor at the same time. Lastly you complain about Mitch following the same format the Dems followed with Clinton. The epitome of hypocrisy. Don't waste time denying, it is in the public record with plenty of video.

Chris McHale

How much is this going to cost tax payers?

Loudounest

There should be a statewide "sanctuary resolution" in every county to protect confederate statues. These are a God given right by Article 1 and 2 of the US constitution. Even sounds crazy and familiar?

RandomName2019

God given right? Okay, clearly you don't understand the concepts of religion, government, or the great Constitution that your confederate-crush buddies tried to overthrow.

amerigirl

Sure, God said save the statues of people that imprisoned his children.

Segeny

How very Orwellian of BleachBlondie and Blackface --- up next, renaming all roads, buildings and schools with more p-c names. Oh wait, we've already begun that with renaming JEB Stuart HS along with some roads. Never mind. Orwell must be so proud. Not.

LetFreedomRing

That’s funny. Racist Ralph, our beloved blackface wearing governor, pretending to care about black history. It’s amazing how he seems to suddenly care so much after being uncovered as a racist bigot. All is magically forgiven. It’s great to be a democrat.

LoudounSucks

Burnin' Sherman is coming to visit LTM Confederate sympathizers and "history buffs"! Your home and belongings will be reduced to ash unless you say "Keep it toasty, Uncle Billy!" in this thread.

LindaP

Wake Up Virginia...in 1990, Virginia’s foreign-born population stood at only five percent. Fast forward to 2017, and Virginia’s foreign-born population now makes up 12.5 percent of the state’s total population — a near tripling of immigrant residents in less than three decades,""To put that data into numbers, in 1990 there were less than 312,000 foreign-born residents living in Virginia. Today, there are close to 1.1 million, almost four times what the population was three decades before," "One in six Virginia workers is an immigrant," the report states. "More than 140,000 U.S. citizens in Virginia live with at least one family member who is undocumented."

amerigirl

[offtopic]

Jeanne T

Ah, the Hall Monitor is on duty!

Chris McHale

Don't be a bully.

Chris McHale

Linda - how do those percentages stack up against the national percentages?

marv

Will she next want to replace the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument??

RandomName2019

Nice straw man argument. Did either of those individuals commit treason against the United States? You can bet that if we had lost the Revolutionary War that England would not allow statues...

Jeanne T

They both owned slaves. Did you forget?

ChickenChucker

They both owned slaves, erase them.

IanXDm

Lol, considering that Lee was against slavery anyway... not that the Civil War was about slavery... but back to the topic... when Lee surrendered, Grant still technically owned 5 slaves... so what would the reason be to remove Lee from the Capitol? Why not remove Grant from the $50...

amerigirl

because he was part of the army fighting the US.

Jeanne T

So?

amerigirl

Jeanne, so what? What are you talking about?

workhardgetahead

Those that forget history are the ones bound to repeat it. Leave it alone and stop trying to rewrite history!

IQuilt

This just into the news desk: Va Democrats propose Bill to stop accepting U.S. Dollar Bills and Quarters in payments made to State Government as Washington was a slave owner.

amerigirl

Please there are enough conspiracy theories out there.

Duncan Idaho

Nobody is rewritung history by removing a statue of someone who desreves no such honorr. Is the fact that there are no statues of Hitler in Germany an example of "rewriting history"?

BobOhneiserEsq

I hope the assumption by Virginia politicians isn't that by pandering to voters about history they will forget the reality of what is still REAL in Virginia. Please ask the Loudoun school board WHY the children from the Plaza Street area are still denied the ability to "WALK" to the brand new school down the block but instead put on buses to multiple schools out of their neighborhood? Why is it still acceptable for former slave landowners to have had their land taken by the federal government without even a hearing? Why isn't the community reviewing all the LCPS school names of farms that openly used slave labor to generate their wealth? Where is the federal priority list for our representatives to be working on? (balanced budget, nuclear waste storage, pollution, point of rocks bridge expansion, interstate medical insurance competition, stop foreign nation building, term limits, infrastructure rehabilitation, removal of glyphosate from our food etc, etc, etc) Happy New Year :-)

AFF

Thank you Congresswoman Wexton- it's about time.

You can't erase history. You can only participate. No one will ever change the fact that Lee's statue sat in the Capital representing Virginia for more than a century. History will remember Wexton for helping find a more suitable replacement as well as a more appropriate home for the Lee statue.

One more nail in the coffin of the myth of the lost cause

Locojrt

Get over yourself. As stated above, it is history. Good or bad to learn from and not run from. There are soooo many other issues that are more relevant and more important.

RandomName2019

We can learn history without venerating those who caused harm. Lee was a traitor to the United States. He fought in support of a nation founded on the ideals of slavery, as written in the secessionist documents and the CSA constitution.

Segeny

Obviously you know NOTHING about Robert E Lee. Do try to do some reading (assuming you actually read) about this remarkable man whose godfather was George Washington --- or do you proposed replacing GW too??

amerigirl

Maybe you think other men who have gone to war against the US should be honored too? He is part of history and should be in books and museums not main street. He even said that statues just kept the wounds of war open. I guess you didn't read that part?

ChickenChucker

If the South had won, Lee would be the hero and Grant, the traitor.

workhardgetahead

Weston is a joke

amerigirl

and the jokes on you, The majority of Virginians want to confederate statues removed or relocated. They were the enemy.

workhardgetahead

Where did you take you poll, Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties?

workhardgetahead

Wexton

Jeanne T

This isn't about a "lost cause".

ChickenChucker

HISTORY will not remember Miss wexton, Not even a foot note.

amerigirl

Too late she has already carved out a spot in history. She has made news across the country for her accomplishments.

Duncan Idaho

Why is there a statue (participation trophy) of this scoundrel at the Capitol in the first place? Staues are honorific, they're not meant to glorify traitors.

IanXDm

Learn your history before you open your mouth and make a fool of yourself.

amerigirl

Laws that republicans refused to change saying that it takes the legislature to be able to remove a statue not a local government. The repubs wanted to keep them even though they represent people who fought against the US

ChickenChucker

It's funny how half the country thinks you socialists are un-American and can't even follow the Constitution.

ChickenChucker

The Dems would always hate an idea if they hadn't thought off it first. They would rather destroy the country, no matter who they step on to get there. Impeach Trump, doesn't matter if there are no crimes, no facts needed, we can make them up, he's got orange hair, now terrible. [offtopic] sorry.

ChickenChucker

You are fighting against then US with your posts.

amerigirl

Chicky, you mean the constitution that Trump calls “phony” ? I thought you repubs were pro local government? Maybe the repubs should read the constitution before saying that others are not following it.

Segeny

Clearly and sadly you are history-deficient. Do try to educate yourself before embarrassing your mom.

WesternSky

Up next, demolishing Arlington House. Changing the name of Washington and Less University.

amerigirl

They aren't changing the name of the school but they are changing the names of some of the buildings. Arlington House was named after the Curtis's home on the shore

workhardgetahead

REMEMBER JEB STUART!!!

LoudounPulse

".... housed in the United States Capitol" which means you need the House & Senate to agree and that isn't going to happen. This bill is DOA.

AFF

Alex, can I have "logical fallacy" for $200 please?

(I like to start with the easy ones. I actually paid attention during Civics)

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