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The act of erasing history continues in the nation’s capitol.
State flags at the U.S. Capitol tunnel will no longer be displayed due to the controversial Confederate symbol.
Prints of commemorative coins of each state will replace the flags that hung in the tunnel that runs between a House office building and the Capitol, according to a statement from Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich, chairwoman of the House Administration Committee.
“Given the controversy surrounding confederate imagery, I decided to install a new display,” Miller said in the statement, Thursday. “I am well aware of how many Americans negatively view the confederate flag, and, personally, I am very sympathetic to these views.”
Mississippi is the only state whose flag still depicts the Confederate battle flag, in the top left corner, while the Confederate symbols are still evident in flags of some southern states.
Miller’s statement did not, however, ban the flags from being displayed completely as the spotlight was put back on each individual state.
“I also believe that it is not the business of the federal government to dictate what flag each state flies,” Miller said. “This is the ‘People’s House’ where each congressional district sends their designated representative to be their voice in the halls of Congress. With that, it is common practice for each Member of Congress to display their state flag, alongside of the American flag, outside their individual offices and in this way all state flags are displayed on Capitol Hill.”
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. had pushed Congress to remove all Confederate symbols, including his own state flag which he does not display outside of his office. In a statement, the congressman applauded the move to replace the state flags in the Capitol complex tunnel.
“I am pleased that the Architect of the Capitol will no longer display symbols of hatred and bigotry in the esteemed halls of the United States House of Representatives,’’ Thompson said. “As I said last summer, this is the People’s House and we should ensure that we, as an institution, refuse to condone symbols that seek to divide us.’’
Social media response came in for and against the move, but focused mainly on the apparent attack on American history.
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— Norb G. (@ghostrider313) April 22, 2016
Confederate emblem removed at U.S. Capitol PC When will YOUR symbol be targeted? Suppression starts with the Other. https://t.co/fp4IsdUuRA
— Sandra Liz (@Usanthem24) April 22, 2016
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— J. S. Crawford (@petrotaz50) April 22, 2016
Confederate Emblem Removed at U.S. Capitolhttps://t.co/HEgBYdVmCj Millions of Americans Celebrate their Heritage Under that Flag.
— IWantFacts (@sjh2222) April 21, 2016
Confederate emblem removed at U.S. Capitol https://t.co/ehw2gMQn2N
Gee that’s only 150 years late…
— Rusty Shackleford (@Spencerj05) April 21, 2016
— Red,White & F#*k You (@Patriot762x51mm) April 21, 2016
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