O'day short family commemoration

O'day short family commemoration

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Brandon Barajas started this petition to Mayor acquanetta warren City of Fontana CA and
O'day short was an African American businessman in the 1940's who bought a piece of land south of Baseline in Fontana CA. when at the time things were still racially segregated . The city of Fontana found out they made a mistake in selling this man his property because he was colored and tried to buy it back from him. He refused and this is when threats were recieved .Soon after, the NAACP as well as colored magazines covered Mr Shorts story . And managed to organize several thousand protesters. However this was not enough, on Dec. 16 1945 the Shorts home exploded resulting in the deaths of Mr shorts wife and children . Mr short lingered for a month till a city official told him of the passing of his family and he died soon thereafter . In the court proceedings the city labeled it an accident but independent investigation from the NAACP found the oil lamp that supposedly started the fire, completely intact. And found that the fire had started outside the home. Nobody was ever arrested or held accountable.

The Short family never saw justice because of the gross negligence of the city officials at the time, but things are different now. Fontana is a cultural melting pot. And the short family deserves commemoration in a statue, or at least the renaming of the school on randall/pepper in their memory. So that everyone in Fontana may remember them, and the lessons their story teaches about acceptance. As well as the sheer will of Mr short. Let's show him we're proud of his stand against the city .

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My name is Brandon Barajas, I am only an empassioned citizen of my city who has lived here most his life. Proud of the culture and history of Fontana. Till I heard this mans story. Please sign and help his family have the commemoration they deserve.
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