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House Resolution 466



2d Session

H. RES. 466

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with regard to the continued display of Confederate flags.


April 6, 2000

Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi (for himself, Mr. HILLIARD, Ms. MILLENDER-MCDONALD, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Mrs. MEEKS of Florida, Mr. OWENS, Ms. CARSON, Ms. KILPATRICK, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Mrs. JONES of Ohio, Mr. CLAY, Mr. WYNN, Mr. PAYNE, Ms. BROWN of Florida, Mr. DIXON, Mr. RUSH, Mr. MALONEY of Connecticut, Mr. CUMMINGS, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. MEEKS of New York, Ms. MCKINNEY, Mr. WEXLER, Ms. LEE, Mr. FROST, Mr. FILNER, and Mr. RANGEL) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with regard to the continued display of Confederate flags.

Whereas in his 1861 speech entitled `Slavery the Cornerstone of the Confederacy', Alexander H. Stephens, the Vice President of the Confederate States of America stated, `The prevailing ideas entertained by [Thomas Jefferson] and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. . . . Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery--subordination to the superior race--is his natural and normal condition';

Whereas article 1, section 9, clause 4 of the Constitution of the Confederate States of America provides that `[n]o bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed';

Whereas article 4, section 3, clause 3 of that Constitution provides that `[i]n all such territory the institution of negro slavery, as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected by Congress and the territorial government';

Whereas the pledge of allegiance to the Confederate flag states, `I salute the Confederate Flag, with affection, reverence, and undying devotion to the cause for which it stands';

Whereas the first, second, and third official Confederate flags, the Confederate Navy Jack, and the Confederate battle flag are all direct representations of the Confederacy and its documented advocacy of the subordination of people of African descent through the perpetuation of the slave trade;

Whereas many white supremacist groups recognize the inherently racist implications of the flag and frequently use it as a historically significant representation of their present day desire to strip nonwhites, frequently through wanton acts of violence, of the rights guaranteed them by the United States Constitution and relegate them to the position of noncitizens and, in some cases, nonhumans;

Whereas the State of Georgia has introduced legislation to remove the Confederate flag from its official State flag;

Whereas the Civil War is the most divisive domestic insurrection in our shared national history and continues to be a culturally polemic issue among many segments of the American population; and

Whereas the Confederacy was defeated in its attempt to destroy the United States of America by tearing the Nation apart: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives does not support, condone, or encourage the use or display of the first, second, or third official Confederate flag, the Confederate Navy Jack, or the Confederate battle flag (more commonly know as the `Southern Cross') for any reason other than as a historic reminder of the secession of the Confederate States, which prompted the violent, bloody, and divisive Civil War, and of the Confederacy's flagrant disregard for the equality of all Americans in accordance with the United States Constitution and in the eyes of God.


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