Change the Name of Pershing Square-Los Angeles, CA
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Trump recently asked, "Where Does it End? in response to the White Supremacist terrorist attacks on Charlottesville in an effort to justify their violence as they protested the removal of confederate monuments.
We believe glorifying violence and racism and honoring those who uphold these things have no honorable place in the City of Los Angeles. We therefore demand that the City of Los Angeles change the name of Pershing Square in Los Angeles and rename it to reflect the history and culture of the people who built this city.
General John Pershing was a leading American imperialist whose military career was defined by spilling the blood of Sioux, Cree, Cubans, Mexicans and Filipinos.
He made racist comments about the 92nd Division of African American soldiers during World War I, Pershing stated:
“It is well known that the time and attention that must be devoted to training colored troops in order to raise their level of efficiency to the average were considerably greater than the white regiments. More responsibility rested upon officers of colored regiments owning to the lower capacity and lack of education of the personnel . . . It would have been much wiser to have followed the long experience of our Regular Army and provided these colored units with selected white officers” (Pershing, 1931, vol.2, p. 228-229).
Trump recently stated in a tweet "Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!" While this never happened, Pershing is not someone who deserves to be glorified and honored in the City of Los Angeles.
The City is planning a $50 million dollar revitalization of Pershing square, part of that money should be allocated to tear down the statue and Pershing and remane it to reflect and honor the people that have contributed to this city. For more information on the project see: http://www.ladowntownnews.com/development/pershing-square-gets-million/article_bd9100e0-455b-11e7-986f-1b8d3019f53b.html
Change the name of Pershing Square!
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