Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) discusses an initiative called #RootOutRacism (Thinkstock)
The Department of Interior announced Friday that it is removing the names of 14 Confederate figures from federal landmarks.
The group includes Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Gen. Stonewall Brown, The Washington Post reports.
In a statement, the department wrote that it “will remove from all federal cemeteries the names of Confederate generals, generals’ families, and volunteers who served in the Confederate army.”
The department added that all names on the federal register of names be corrected. The department’s ranking Republicans criticized the move, saying they would question it.
“We have lost all respect for the administration’s decision to throw in the towel on the dignity of the names of those who fought to keep us all enslaved,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a statement.
In March, President Trump said he would not be removing President John F. Kennedy’s name from a school in Massachusetts that is named after him, citing his stance against discrimination. In October, Mr. Trump called Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “truly unqualified” to be president.
The initiative is the most recent instance of officials taking steps to remove Confederate monuments in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky issued an executive order Friday to remove the names of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from two statues outside the Kentucky State Capitol.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on Monday announced the sale of a century-old war memorial in Charlottesville.
Read more at The Washington Post.
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