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No More Monuments to KKK Hate!
  • Petitioned Selma City Council
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

Selma City Council
President, Selma City Council
Cecil Williamson
See response
Susan Keith
Corey Bowie
Samuel Randolph
Mayor, City of Selma
George Evans
Angela Benjamin

No More Monuments to KKK Hate!

    1. Petition by

      Malika Fortier with GrassrootsDemocracy.net

People know Selma, Alabama as a city where Dr. King fought for civil rights. Selma was the launching point for pivotal protests that hurtled the voting rights movement into the national spotlight. It is also a city of tragedy: thousands of students, religious leaders, and families fighting for civil rights in Selma were arrested, injured, or brutally killed.

I grew up in Selma. Now, as a community organizer, I think often about the sacrifices of the people who lived here before me. I was outraged and ashamed to learn that Selma's city council is sitting idly by as a local neo-Confederate group expands a public monument to a founder of the Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Monuments celebrating violent racism and intolerance have no place in this country, let alone in a city like Selma, where the families of those attacked by the Klan still live.

Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate military leader, a founding member of the KKK, and the first Grand Wizard of the KKK. He wasn't even from Selma -- why should Selma be honoring his shameful legacy of racial segregation and terrorism?

If Selma wants be viewed by the rest of the country as forward-thinking, we cannot give in to those who pine for the "good ole days" of the 1860s. This monument has blighted our town for far too long. Please join me in calling on the Selma city council to remove the monument celebrating Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Decision-maker Cecil Williamson responds:

      Cecil Williamson

      Please take down this bogus and fraudulent petition. There are no plans to build or expand a monument to Nathan Bedford Forrest on city owed property in Selma, Alabama. The Forrest monument has been on the same site since 2001.The City n...


    2. Reached 300,000 signatures
    3. New York Times: Bust of Civil War General Stirs Anger in Alabama

      In Selma, Ala., a battle over what to do with a bronze bust of a contradictory and controversial Civil War general has lasted far longer than the war itself.

      The fight continued this week as about 20 protesters tried to block construction of the new monument by lying in the path of a concrete truck as crews tried to pour a ramp. Late on Thursday night, the Selma mayor, George Patrick Evans, decided to halt the work until the city attorney could review the plans. Meanwhile, an online petition at Change.org asking the City Council to ban the monument has more than 69,000 signatures.

      Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/25/us/fight-rages-in-selma-ala-over-a-civil-war-monument.html

    4. Reached 75,000 signatures
    5. Decision-maker Cecil Williamson responds:

      Cecil Williamson

      Thank you for your comments regarding the Forrest monument in Selma. Please be advised that the City of Selma is neither erecting nor expanding a monument to Forrest. Please be further advised that the United Daughters of the Confederacy...


    6. Decision-maker Cecil Williamson responds:

      Cecil Williamson

      Dear Dr. Jacobs:
      What would you have government to do about this monument? Neither the monument, which has been in the cemetery for 11 years, nor the lot on which it stands belong to the city. We are open to suggestions. Would you have...


    7. Reached 50,000 signatures
    8. Decision-maker Cecil Williamson responds:

      Cecil Williamson

      Thank you for your incisive expressions of concern regarding the monument of General Nathan Bedford Forrest (NBF) on Confederate Circle in Selma, Alabama. Had I only read the petition posted by Ms. Fortier, I would have wrongly assumed...


    9. Malika interviewed by Roland Martin on The Tom Joyner Morning Show!

      Malika Sanders-Fortier got to tell a national audience about what's happening in Selma today on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Listen to her interview and ask your friends to sign the petition!

      http://www.blackamericaweb.com/content/roland-martin-talks-malika-sanders-fortier

    10. Reached 12,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Molly Wenig ROCK SPRINGS, WY
      • about 1 month ago

      This has no place in our country, they are rubbish that needs to go away!

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    • Isaiah Edwards NEWNAN, GA
      • 2 months ago

      Do we have monuments to members of Al-Qaeda in this country? How about nazis? Members do the Vietcong?...the answers is no. Because these groups, like Nathan Bedford Forrest and the CSA took up arms against the United States. This double standard favoring Confederates needs to end.

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    • Nya White PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 2 months ago

      Because I absolutely hate Racist.

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    • Stephanie Miller SAGINAW, MI
      • 2 months ago

      BEcause the klan should NEVER be revered. They deserve to be buried in history.

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    • Amber Jeffries HUBERT, NC
      • 2 months ago

      I grew up in a city that still has ritual bonfires lead by the KKK. Honestly, to me its just part of their way of life, others are offended. But they dont do anything to harm anyone, they dont speak out against anyone, nothing. They just get together and do this. Ive sat at one, as a kid, and never heard anything offensive not even once. I understand that a monument is going a bit far. But the KKK actually did something for America. They got rights for african americans. Without them and the hate they showed we may still have had injustice. Think about it that way.

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