Stop the monument of Nathan Bedford Forrest from being erected.

Stop the monument of Nathan Bedford Forrest from being erected.

    1. Tarana  Burke
    2. Petition by

      Tarana Burke

      Philadelphia, PA

For almost a year the people of Selma have been fighting to keep a 12 ft statue of Nathan B Forest, a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War & the first Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, from being erected in the city of Selma. The Selma City Council (that is majority black, along with a Black Mayor) voted in favor of this monument for this klansman & denied Faya Rose Toure, one of the leaders in the movement to stop this monument from being put up, the opportunity to speak at the mtg. She was arrested after insisting to speak on the issue and is now refusing bail in protest of this travesty. I quote my her in saying that “Glorifying Nathan B. Forrest (a Klansman) in Selma is like glorifying Hitler (a Nazi) in Germany". THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! PLEASE HELP US FIGHT THIS BY SIGNING THIS PETITION TELLING THE CITY COUNCIL TO DISCONTINUE EFFORTS TO BUILD THIS MONUMENT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Bedford_Forrest

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Stop the monument of Nathan Bedford Forrest from being erected.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 4 months ago

      Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in."

      -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    • Rob Talach LONDON, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      Despite whatever achievements Bedford may have achieved in the military he lost the right to be honoured when he joined such a racist group. Spend the money on honouring those who have supported freedom and equality not oppression and segregation.

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    • Gloria W. Stephens PALMETTO, FL
      • 6 months ago

      My ancestral roots are in the State of Alabama. Additionally, I also attended Tuskegee University, where there was emphasis on enriching the American culture in a positive manner. The erection of the Nathan Bedford Forrest is another example of numerous efforts in our country to further the racial divide.

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    • Douglas Brooks TUSCALOOSA, AL
      • 6 months ago

      Erecting this statue would be regarded by all as an in-your-face racist act -- not an act of appreciation of history.

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    • Lauren Salter CHICAGO, IL
      • 7 months ago

      Essentially, this would be honoring a traitor and a terrorist. Totally unacceptable.

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