Let me introduce you to Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr, former Mayor of Baltimore and Representative Nancy Pelosi’s father.
Once upon a time, he said this about Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson:
In a powerful oration before a crowd of more than 3,000, Mayor D’Alesandro made the case for remembering and studying the lives of Lee and Jackson: “World Wars I and II found the North and South fighting for a common cause, and the generalship displayed by these two great men in the War Between the States lived on and were applied in the military plans of our nation and the Pacific areas.”
Referring to contemporaneous efforts by Communists to undermine the U.S. from within, D’Alesandro said “Today, with our nation beset by subversive groups and propaganda which seeks to destroy our national unity, we can look for inspiration to the lives of Lee and Jackson to remind us to be resolute and determined in preserving our sacred institutions.”
With Soviet Russia gobbling up Eastern Europe and the Cold War beginning, D’Alesandro called on Americans “to emulate Jackson’s example and stand like a stone wall against aggression in any form that would seek to destroy the liberty of the world.” (Baltimore Sun, May 2, 1948)
A few days ago, his daughter, Representative Pelosi, called for removing all of those confederate symbols in the US Congress. She said that they should be removed “if Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy.”
We have two questions for Representative Pelosi:
- Why didn’t you remove when you were The Speaker and had Democrat majorities? and,
- Was your father invested in “white supremacy” when he made those remarks many years ago?
Don’t expect to hear from Representative Pelosi. Her office is on “mute mode” about her father’s speech or history of support for those confederate symbols.
To be honest, I’d rather forget all of this history and let dead people rest in peace, from Pelosi’s father to Robert E. Lee. We don’t gain a thing by fighting battles from the past when there is so much to do today.
Nevertheless, Representative Pelosi and Democrats have opened a very ugly door by calling for these symbols to be removed. You can’t remove some and forget about the Democrats, like her father, who made segregation possible.