To remove the confederate statue in downtown Brandon, MS

To remove the confederate statue in downtown Brandon, MS

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John Smith started this petition to Mayor Butch Lee and

There is no room in the community of Brandon, Mississippi for this continued display of hatred and racism. The confederate statue placed at the center of downtown Brandon stands to idealize the confederacy, an inherently racist movement and organization that fought to suppress, enslave, and degrade our African American community. This statue stands as a reminder of the darkest times in American history including slavery, Jim Crow, and the many injustices the African American community continues to endure today.

The recent murder of George Floyd serves as a reminder of the progress that MUST be done in this town, in this state, and throughout this country. While many people may not understand or initially recognize the hateful symbols displayed by this racist monument, these symbols hit home for many African Americans who have been systematically oppressed for hundreds of years. For these individuals who have been oppressed through inheritance and as a birthright, this statue represents much more than just history.

It is necessary to remove, replace, or completely modify this monument. We owe it to Mississippi as well Brandon's African American community. Symbols of hate and racism deserve no platform, especially not displayed in the center of a beautiful town like Brandon, Mississippi. Removal of this monument would serve as a testament to the African American community; we must recognize their struggles and understand how the remnants of this "history" and of a racist, less tolerant time can feel make these individuals feel oppressed. I wholeheartedly believe that government officials in Brandon, Mississippi need to take IMMEDIATE action in tearing down this monument and the racism / hatred associated with the symbols it displays.

What kind of message do we as a town want to send to our local African American community members? We must begin to spread messages of love and unity versus the blatant display of hatred, violence, and oppression that this monument represents. We as a community must begin to move towards healing on a topic that has divided our state for many years. 

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