Change R. L. Thornton Freeway to President Barak Obama Freeway
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We, the signers of this petition, humbly request that the Dallas City Council remove the name of ex-Dallas Mayor and Ku Klux Klan member R. L. Thornton from the freeway that now bears that name and rename the freeway The Barak Obama Freeway.
When Dylan Roof shot nine black black church members to death in Charleston, South Carolina, the state was faced with what could become with celebration an ugly, divisive legacy of ignoring the hateful history of race relations. The state was swift to remove the Confederate flag from its public spaces. The city of Dallas, by ignoring the legacy of the Ku Klux Klan, insults its minority citizens daily by ignoring the hateful implications of the Klan by keeping the name of one of its most prominent Klaners name in a place of honor.
In 2017, the country is faced with those who want to wipe away the legacy of the nation's first African American president. President Barak Obama came to office when the United States was on the brink of collapse. Citizens were losing their homes at a record clip, auto makers were going bankrupt, two wars were sucking up trillions of dollars from the economy, mass incarceration of black men was at epidemic levels, people who could not afford health insurance were dying of curable ailments.
When President Obama left office home builders were having trouble keeping up with demand for new housing, realtors were complaining that their for sale inventory could not keep up with demand,, new and used car sales were at an all time high, boots-on-the ground soldiers were few and far between, black men were being released from Draconian prison sentences, thirty-one million people who needed health insurance had gotten health insurance. President Obama was a God-send for ailing country.
President Obama appointed the first Latina to the Supreme Court. He appointed the first Black United States Attorney General. His cabinet looked like America as he befriended Blacks, white, Latinos, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus,non-believers, the LGBTQ community and...well...AMERICANS! Mr. Obama represented ALL OF US.
Now we have a regime who wants to wipe away this wonderful legacy. They vow to kill Obamacare. This regime insults our allies Japan, France, Australia, England,Canada, Mexico, Germany and more. The Trump regime insults Muslims, non-believers, Jews and more. They are giving big banks the right to rob us blind. Trump has appointed a man as attorney general who was judged too racist by a Republican congress and senate. Trump's adviser was the originator of an Alt-Right web site...Klan, no robes. And these are the people who have vowed to erase President Obama's legacy. We will not allow that to happen.
The Klansman's name, R. L. Thornton must be replaced with the name of President Barak Obama.
Further, we pledge we will work to see Barak Obama's name on roadways throughout the United States and in other countries throughout the world.
James Williams Dunn
President, Barak Names Project
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