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Mr. Mayor - The Robert E. Lee Memorial from Horton Plaza Must be Removed
San Diego's Horton Plaza Park contains yet another Confederate Army memorial honoring General Robert E. Lee by way of the Lee Highway, another naming variation of the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway. A plaque honoring Confederate Jefferson Davis Highway from this same park was removed in August 2017.Although this Lee memorial is more obscure, it is still a monument to an ugly time in America's history where successionists fought to protect their 'way of life' which included owning other humans as slaves. San Diego cannot tolerate celebrating racist generals who killed hundreds of thousands of Americans who died defending their Union. Most importantly, San Diego cannot expect it's citizens and guests to believe their city is inclusive, diverse and welcoming - if it continues supporting maintaining public park memorials of Confederate generals. These items were placed by Confederate revisionists to market confederacy to Americans, and have done so for nearly the past 120 years. These are not monuments, they're a wink and a nod that San Diego cherishes racism. We urge you to remove this and all Confederate memorials from the City of San Diego public lands. This is not politically cost-free but, our fellow Americans of color are no longer for sale. Stop kowtowing to extremist, racist and hateful fringe who only seek to spread fear and hate. Time to do the public's work. We're sure you're up to it!------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Photo by San Diego City Beat SDCityBeat.com John Lamb http://sdcitybeat.com/news-and-opinion/spin-cycle/oops-missed-one/
Mr. Mayor, Remove Confederate Monument Celebrating Slavery from Public Mount Hope Cemetery
Monuments honoring the Civil War that killed 1.1 million Union and Confederate Americans, the latter who fought in large part to sustain oppressing black slaves, should not be located in an area owned and maintained by all citizens of San Diego. Why does the City of San Diego expect black citizens, literal descendants of the the very people the monument celebrates enslaving, oppressing, and terrorizing, to maintain such a horrific monument?The Civil War had ended in 1865. Forty years later, in 1905 the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), bought an area within Mt. Hope Cemetery to bury area Confederate States of America (CSA) soldiers who subsequently passed away here. Forty years after they bought the burial plots, the UDC decided to use some of the burial plots to build a monument to the war in 1948. Remember, this is not a grave marker but, a monument to the civil war and confederate soldiers who died defending succession. This wasn't an isolated event happening in San Diego alone. Just after the turn of the century, after WWII, and during the 60's Civil Rights Movement, there were surges of groups like the UDC building these memorials in response to freedoms and liberties being realized by black Americans. They did not appreciate blacks gaining an inch of ground, and over 80 years after the war, after 4 million slaves were freed, they built monuments to celebrate the war and soldiers who died defending slavery. These are some of the events that happened just before and the following two decades after this San Diego monument was installed: In 1946 the Supreme Court ruled segregation on buses crossing state lines was illegal. Black Americans were finally allowed to visit out of state.1948 - Discrimination in the armed forces was banned.1948 At this point the Mt. Hope memorial was installed.1952 - First year since 1881 without a known lynching.1954 - Supreme Court declares segregation in schools unconstitutional.1955 - Rosa Parks arrested for riding a bus. Montgomery Bus Boycott began.1957 - Federal troops protect black students terrorized at Little Rock High School.1960 - First student sit-ins against segregation at lunch counters occurs.1961 - Freedom Riders in the South arrests begin.1962 - Federal troops protect James Meredith’s attending Mississippi University.1963 - Medgar Evers, NAACP assassinated. Four black girls killed in church bombing.1964 - Civil Rights Act was passed by Congress. Dr. King awarded Noble Peace Prize.1965 - Malcolm X was assassinated. Voting Rights Act illegal to restrict right to vote.1967 - Supreme Court allows inter-racial marriage.1968 - Martin Luther King was assassinated. In other words, this monument celebrating Confederate Army soldiers was built before black Americans could serve in the military, go to public schools and universities, or be treated equally under the law, and likely thousands of other injustices. Yet, here we are 50 years after Dr. King was assassinated and we must discuss if we should remove monuments celebrating racism. At a time when we still see our fellow human beings who happen to be black treated unfairly, discriminated against, overly-incarcerated... the list of injustices is long. The Daughters of the Confederacy want us to believe that this is a sentimental reminder of a forgotten time. They likely prefer we go back to not just 50 years ago, but 150 years ago, a thought that would return America to such a time that would primarily oppress a group of fellow Americans - because of their skin color. To ultimate insult is the monument sits in a cemetery-park maintained by and paid for by all city taxpayers - black, white, and brown. In essence, San Diego is taxing black San Diegans to pay for a monument that supports their time as slaves, and honoring their being bought, sold, beaten, raped, terrorized, while their entire heritage and lineage were decimated. This is not a tombstone, it is a monument on public property celebrating a racist past. This monument is inappropriate. It should not sit on public land. It should not be paid for by black, brown or white San Diegans who care. We The People must look past our history and at today. How are we personally and as a community acting and treating others, honoring others, respecting others? Why do we allow monuments celebrating slavery? Is San Diego a city that is truly inclusive or, one in name only? We ask for the removal of this monument to honor every San Diegan as well as the men and women who died bravely defending our nation from secessionist forces seeking to destroy the fabric of America. . . .Photo used under the Fair Use Act and credited to: San Diego Union Tribune http://www.trbimg.com/img-57bd9f46/turbine/sdut-confederate-flag-civil-war-reaction-2015jun28
Remove the Confederate monument from Horton Plaza Park immediately.
A monument honoring the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, was installed in a nearby location in 1926 but, objections raised by veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic caused it to be removed. Thirty years later, there was a surge of Confederate monuments installed in the years immediately following the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling. Many groups retaliated to this desegregation ruling by reestablishing memorials to the Confederacy. The plaque we see today was placed in a similar location in 1956. After a several-year redevelopment ending in 2016, the city decided to not reinstall the plaque in the new park but, 'after some time and a bit of haggling, the marker appeared in the sidewalk on the north side, without comment'. We believe this monument has no place on any city or county public property, especially in a public park. San Diego has this one known remaining Confederate monument outside of a local cemetery and honoring the civil war. San Diegans, especially our African American and other people of color community, as well as the hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, should not be asked to honor our nation's racist past, nor support the continued racism and hate we see today around the nation. The Civil War was fought in large part to end the brutal practice of slavery. It included four years of intense combat leaving approximately 1.1 million Union (642k) and Confederate (483k) soldiers dead. The Confederacy collapsed, slavery was abolished, and 4 million slaves were freed. If anything, we should honor the defeat of the Confederacy and not support the continued romanticism or our nation's racist past. For these reasons - We The People - insist on the immediate removal of this monument and the permanent restriction of any future sponsorship or hosting of this or similar monuments by the City of San Diego. America's Finest City has no place for racism.  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~caudc/DivNewsletters/Nov2016.pdf Jefferson Davis Highway Committee p3 https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/facts.htm https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/whoseheritage_splc.pdf