House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to denounce her father, former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. for his support of erecting Confederate monuments and his perpetuation of racism by not blocking practices such as refusing rental housing to Black people in White neighborhoods, according to The Washington Times.
“It’s hypocritical because she asks that of other people,” said Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation according to The Times. “Although, I have some admiration that she chose not to throw her father under the bus in the interests of being ‘woke.’”
The paradox was drawn between Pelosi’s refusal to denounce her father and her support of all White people being held accountable for their ancestor’s misdeeds since the house speaker has been consistently supportive of the portions of the House Democrats agenda that would do just that.
Democrats have constantly pushed policies for White people that would ask them to in some way pay for their ancestors’ complicity in racism, up to and including paying reparations to Black Americans.
Pelosi’s close and personal association with racism is rooted in D’Alesandro’s time in office from 1947 to 1959 when he was the mayor of a city with racism, segregation, and other troubling policies city-wide.
In fact, the Washington Times reported that D’Alesandro was in that office when the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that made it unconstitutional the idea of “separate but equal” facilities for schooling.
While the city did move to desecrate it’s schools, D’Alesandro hardly championed desegregation, as Matthew A. Crenson, a Johns Hopkins University political science professor and historian of Baltimore politics pointed out when looking to the former mayor’s legacy on race.
While historians do not consider D’Alesandro to be racist by the standards of the era, the retroactive policies that have been applied to so many would have found the mayor a long distance from “woke.”
“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,” D’Alesandro said while dedicating statues of the Confedate icons. “We must remain steadfast in our determination to preserve freedom, not only for ourselves, but for the other liberty-loving nations who are striving to preserve their national unity as free nations. In these days of uncertainty and turmoil, Americans must 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.”