Cancel racist "Heritage Day" at Martha Elementary School

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A Facebook event has been created by Cabell County Schools teachers Jeanne Caldwell and Karissa Smith about hosting a "Heritage Day"  at Martha Elementary school during school hours. The event features pictures of individuals dressed as Confederate soldiers reenacting battles. They are asking for parents help in regards to acquiring (presumably Confederate) flags and presenters "dealing with our heritage".

One of the hosts, teacher Jeanne Caldwell has made public Facebook posts littered with Confederate flags, quotes from Confederate generals, and shares from the West Virginia Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans, which is considered a hate group.

With 31% of all Americans believing we should "protect and preserve [America's] White European heritage" and another 29% uncertain on it, it is evident that racism is alive and well with an abundance of Americans. A good place to start would not be having a day glorifying racist Confederate soldiers. [source: Reuters/Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics]

This issue was brought to the attention to the Huntington Tri-State Branch of Workers World Party and our friends at Students for a Democratic Society at Marshall University through their anti-racist campaign. We are asking Cabell County Schools to denounce this racist event and hold an anti-racist day in all their schools, instead, concerning a variety of anti-racist figures like Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, John Brown, and Huey Newton.

In addition to signing, you can contact the elected members of the Board of Education here or Ryan Saxe, the Superintendent, by phone (304) 528-5043 or email rsaxe@k12.wv.us



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