Originally posted by @tom-wolsey
It comes as no surprise that Chuck Schumer leaped at the opportunity to seem honorable and caring, by pushing for the Russell Senate Bldg (named after Richard Russell) to be renamed to the John McCain Bldg.
But the real reason he's pulling this stunt is to erase the Russell (a democrat) name off the building to further distance the democrat party from ...[text shortened]... His transparent motion to rename the building isn't gaining any momentum. For obvious reasons.
More from npr:
But Russell has another legacy, one that resonates even more in this era when statues honoring Confederate war soldiers and generals have been toppled on college campuses and removed from town squares: Russell was a staunch segregationist, and he used his same mastery of the Senate rules to block civil rights legislation, even keeping an anti-lynching statute from becoming law.
He fought integration in the nation's military and at federal government agencies. In 1956, Russell was a co-author of the "Southern Manifesto," which opposed desegregation of public places, and he led the Southern bloc of senators who opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, calling it "shortsighted and disastrous."
Russell even went so far as proposing legislation that would encourage African-Americans to move out of the South.”
On the bldg:
“Until it was named for Russell in 1972, the marble edifice had been known simply as the Old Senate Office Building, and in recent years other proposals have been made to rename it, including after the late Sen. Ted Kennedy following his death.