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The District of Columbia is changing. As some people move into neighborhoods that were/are predominately African American they are dishonoring the culture and history of others.  Unfortunately the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities has funded projects that specifically allow local arts groups to remove images of the African American Experience. This is wrong in a country made up of people from different races, religions and ethnicities it is important that everyone's culture is preserved.
The purpose of this petition as to ask  The District of Columbia Government and particularly the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts  & Humanities to stop funding projects that erase images of any racial, ethnic or cultural group. Instead I am asking them to respect the heritage of all citizens and include them in the process.

In one project the images of the following people were minimized to the point of being unrecognizable.  This is wrong.

Thurgood Marshasll

Malcolm X

Frederick Douglass 

Mary McLeod Bethune

We live in a multi-cultural country and it is unfair when one group is allowed to destroy the culture of a different group. Please tell the Commission on the Arts to stop removing images that are important to any and all cultural and ethnic groups. Please tell the District of Columbia Government that they have a responsibility to protect the history of all of its citizens.

Please call the office of Mayor Vincent Gray at 202-724-5613 and tell him to stop this practice.

Please call the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities at 202-7245613.

The United States is not a homogenous country. Americans came from all of the world and each group has given birth to heroes, customs and values that are unique to their group. It is egregious for any group to be devalued by having their icons destroyed.

Please demand that the District of Columbia Government stop allowing individuals to destroy the history of others.

Thanks for your support.

Letter to
D. C. Government & D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities
I just signed the following petition addressed to: D. C. Government & D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities.

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Stop funding the destruction of African American History and Culture

The District of Columbia is changing. As some people move into neighborhoods that were/are predominately African American they are working with the Commission on the Arts and Humanities to destroy the culture and history of long-time African American residents. This is being done unilaterally and without full participation of all citizens.
Currently the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities funds art groups who want to remove historical and cultural images that are unique to the African American experience in this country. The District of Columbia Government and particularly the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts has allowed arts groups to minimize and destroy images of some of the most respected icons in the African American community. Thurgood Marshasll, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass and Mary McLeod Bethune. We live in a multi-cultural country and it is unfair when one group is allowed to destroy the culture of a different group. Please tell the Commission on the Arts to stop removing images that are important to any and all cultural and ethnic groups. Please tell the District of Columbia Government that they have a responsibility to protect the history of all of its citizens.

Please call the office of Mayor Vincent Gray at 202-724-5613 and tell him to stop this practice NOW!

Please call the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities at 202-7245613.

The United States is not a homogenous country. American came from all of the world and each group has given birth to heroes, customs and values that are unique to their group. It is egregious for any group to be devalued by having their icons destroyed. My goal is to have a city government that values all of its citizens.

Please demand that the District of Columbia Government stop allowing individuals to destroy the history of others.

Thanks for your support.

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Sincerely,