Call on CofC President Hsu and Board to Support Repeal of the Heritage Act

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Claire Speegle
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We, students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the College of Charleston, are calling upon President Hsu and the Board of Trustees to support the repeal of the Heritage Act of 2000. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have renewed calls for the removal of Confederate and white supremacist symbols in South Carolina and beyond. Only by repealing the Heritage Act will municipalities like Charleston be able to remove these monuments to hatred and division from our cities, street names, and schools. 

Five years ago, on June 17, 2015, Charleston lost nine members of our community in a heinous act of hate fueled violence. In the aftermath of the Mother Emanuel tragedy, South Carolinians demanded that the state remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds. It is now time to finish the job of removing all symbols of a hateful and divisive history from the Palmetto State.

Today, we are calling on the College of Charleston to publicly support the repeal of the Heritage Act of 2000, thus allowing municipalities to begin the process of extricating ourselves from a dark and sad past.