Georgia Confederate Statue Removal and Replacement

Georgia Confederate Statue Removal and Replacement

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Jayme W. started this petition to AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION and

We are petitioning the state of Georgia to remove all Confederate monuments and have them relocated in a historic preservation site of the states choosing.  We are aware that some see these monuments as a historical representation may have emotional, and/or, ancestral ties to them. Our position is that these monuments are a harmful and painful reminder for Black Americans of a time filled with murder, physical atrocities, and human rights violations. Confederate monuments glorify and grossly misrepresent theses issues. Removal of monuments from prominent public places would be a form of redress for the Black Americans and would be seen as advancement for Georgia and it's partnerships in and outside of the state.

The State of Georgia has allowed for Confederate Statues and Monuments to continue their displays throughout the State. The Civil War lasted April 12th, 1861 – May 13th, 1865, only FOUR years. However, consistent representation to honor these Confederate *heroes* has lasted 154 years in the Southern States. We heavily believe these monuments glorify the atrocities of Human Rights Violations experienced by slaves and their descendants. Which, by default, furthers continuous racial oppression and advocates white supremacy in Georgia.
 
Georgia State Law (O.C.G.A. § 50-3-1) “Ban(s) municipalities from moving, or altering in any way, confederate monuments...)”
            “In April, 2019, the Georgia General Assembly adopted a state law banning municipalities from removing, relocating, or altering confederate monuments; even if the monument is located on city or county property. Local governments that violate § 50-3-1 are subject to harsh penalties, including an injunction halting the removal and considerable damages.”
 
Our arguments rely heavily on legal interpretation. We seek to challenge this problem under international law as, The U.N. general assembly: Addressing Principles of U.N. reparations. (1) Human Dignity, (2) Prohibition of Racial Discrimination, (3) Criminalization of Genocide.
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Thus, we have advocated that these statues be removed and placed into ONE historical site of the State’s choosing. 

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