#nomorebelles

Reasons for signing

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Beth Markesino
Oct 18, 2020
I live in wilmington, North Carolina. We are also fighting for no more Belles.

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Kate Long
Aug 24, 2020
I taught US History in Mountain Brook from 2002-2007. I hope that all my former students sign this.

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Stephanie Behne
Aug 24, 2020
Traveling to Georgia in 1998 as a 17 year old (From the PNW) I was amazed at how it seemed that that era was glorified and history was picked and chosen. It’s ok to have historical buildings still stand but it can’t be used as a prop for current events that try to gloss over the horrors of that exact period. This organization looks like a great excuse for racists to be racist. Find other honorable ways to “volunteer in the community.”

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Dennis Peters
Aug 23, 2020
We can read about this part of history, not glorify it.

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Dianne Rambo
Aug 22, 2020
Tell the whole history, not just the whitewashed one. Silence is compliance. #blacklivesmatter

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Deborah Wagner
Aug 21, 2020
I lived in the South as a child. I was very upset by the way white people were treating black people.

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Sally Albright
Aug 21, 2020
Birmingham Deb and Tuscaloosa Belle here. Proud to stand with you.

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Mary-Clayton Enderlein
Aug 20, 2020
I grew up in Mountain Brook. In the early 1970s, I was invited to join the Arlington Belles as it was called then. During the initial meeting of the new Belles and our mothers, I felt uncomfortable with the undercurrent of racism and classicism that was part of our introduction to this organization although I had no words for my feelings at that time so declined to participate much to my parent's chagrin. Like so many, I have learned and continue to learn about the inherent oppression that surrounds our culture in the USA. I am happy to support all efforts to end the cos-play Birmingham Belles and the mis-told history it represents. Thank you.

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Glenn Stewart
Aug 18, 2020
Because it's 2020 and long past time to stop with the "Lost Cause" B.S.

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Isabel Coleman
Aug 18, 2020
I’m signing because I participated in this. You cannot glorify plantation culture without glorifying slavery. Birmingham Belles doesn’t just glorify the Old South as a concept. It specifically glorifies the class of white people who held slaves. Even the focus on the beauty of the dresses and the house glorifies the wealth these people were able to accrue through the ownership of human beings.