Remove the Confederate Statue in Jackson, GA

Remove the Confederate Statue in Jackson, GA

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Heaven Stephenson started this petition to Mayor Kay Pippin and

The statue in the square of Jackson, GA was paid for by the UDC (United Daughters of Confederacy) in 1911. The UDC was created to honor confederate soldiers. This is more than just “preserving history.” This is about preserving a culture rooted in white supremacy. It is a common misconception in the south that the Confederacy existed to “protect the southern way of life” and had little to nothing to do with slavery. On the contrary, the confederacy lasted for five years and only existed to protect the “right” to own slaves......and they lost! The south decided to write their own version of the history as to whitewash and water down what they stood for, to make them seem more honorable—when the truth is, they’re just white supremacists who wanted to own black people. In 2020, there really is no excuse to be uneducated in these matters and to be unapologetically supportive of a problematic past. When we have monuments to confederate soldiers, we are telling black people that the people that did unspeakable things to their ancestors and caused a generational curse of poverty are indeed “our heroes” (as read from the monument in Jackson Square). If we want black people to feel safe in Jackson and want the black community to thrive, we need to start by addressing the problem that is white supremacy. We need to teach our youth about real heroes in our history that fought for equality and justice for all people, not just white people. 

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