Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

Rep. Jeffries Statement on the House Republican Disgraceful Embrace of the Confederate Battle Flag

Jul 9, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement on the House Republican disgraceful embrace of the confederate battle flag:

“Had the confederate battle flag prevailed 150 years ago, I would not be a member of the United States Congress. I would be a slave. Throughout the land, this flag must come down.

The confederate battle flag is a divisive symbol of racial hatred and oppression. It is time to banish it to the dustbin of history.

Shamefully, House Republicans scheduled a vote to confer congressional legitimacy on the confederate battle flag. In the name of decency, it must be defeated today, tomorrow or whenever the Calvert Amendment comes to the floor.”