Relocation of Confederate statue located on Paris, TX Courthouse Yard

Relocation of Confederate statue located on Paris, TX Courthouse Yard

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Paris Collective started this petition to Lamar County Commissioners Court and

To Mayor Dr. Steve Clifford and The Lamar County Commissioners Court,

Over the course of the American history, our core values such as fairness and justice have evolved. U.S. citizens strive to be inclusive, including many of those residing in Paris, TX. Small towns like ours are shining examples of communities trying to achieve these values. Building and sustaining these values will be an increasingly challenging task, one we should never rest upon. As a community, we recognize the core values that were once commonplace, may no longer have a place in our current society. Although we do not wish to erase history, certain commemorations of our previously held beliefs, no longer serve the purpose of inclusiveness, fairness, and justice. The commemoration in question is the Confederate statue at the Lamar County Courthouse. 

Currently, across the United States, Americans are initiating discussions concerning the injustices and inconsistencies that people of color and minorities often face. Our town has the opportunity to be an example of justice and equality now, utilizing the current platform to take action. It is evident in American history, even in local history, that action for this cause should be taken with utmost sensitivity and care. Minority residents of Paris deserve to be heard and considered in what represents ethical treatment and fairness in their community. This includes consideration of what symbols they find hurtful and devaluing.

With this being said, we the people of Lamar County request the relocation of the Confederate statue currently located on the yard of the Lamar County Courthouse. The courthouse, a symbol of justice, should not specifically be highlighting the values of the Confederacy, which is long-outdated and no longer representative of modern values and ideals. A lot of local citizens are confused and appalled by the message that it sends. The American Justice system was created to represent equality and fairness. What once was meant to represent the townspeople, now only represents a dark history that we have worked so hard to progress from. While studying and observing our history is of utmost importance, it is also imperative that the opportunity to learn and observe said history is done so in the appropriate manner and in the appropriate space.

We recognize this monument is vital to understanding American history and do not wish to disregard this.  To quote, for better understanding of our intentions, the American Historical Association says, “History comprises both facts and interpretations of those facts. To remove a monument, or to change the name of a school or street, is not to erase history, but rather to alter or call attention to a previous interpretation of history. A monument is not history itself; a monument commemorates an aspect of history, representing a moment in the past when a public or private decision defined who would be honored in a community’s public spaces.” 

Ideally, we are asking for our community to come to a compromise regarding the location of this beacon of history that will suit the concerns of all parties. We respect the right to display Confederate memorabilia on private property. We hope you will find this request to be only of the best intentions and in the highest regard for our community and the citizens that represent it, as we are choosing to either participate in a movement for equality and justice, or lag behind in promoting the ethical standards of our nation for our minority family.

Patiently awaiting your response,
Concerned Citizens of Lamar County

 

 

 

 

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