This may be one of the best Juneteenths ever!
NOT-SO-PICTURE PERFECT– In a historic move, Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the Clerk of the House to remove the portraits of four former speakers who served in the Confederacy. The paintings include former speakers Robert Hunter (1839-1841), Howell Cobb (1849-1851), James Orr (1857-1859), and Charles Crisp (1891-1895)…
While Pelosi does not have the power to remove Confederate statues, she does have the authority to remove paintings from public display in the Capitol — and she is exercising that power in honor of Juneteenth. “As I have said before, the halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy,” Pelosi said in a letter. “There is no room in the hallowed halls of Congress or in any place of honor for memorializing men who embody the violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy.”