Remove the Confederate Memorial Statue from White Point Gardens in Charleston, SC
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This petition is for the removal of the statue titled "The Confederate Defenders of Charleston", located in White Point Gardens / The Battery in historic downtown Charleston.
In light of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia that occurred on August 12, 2017, it's more important than ever to take action against white supremacy and racial intolerance. Removing previously erected Confederate statues and/or memorials from public property is a vital part of this act.
These statues and memorials are a part of a propaganda campaign of national pro-Confederate organizations to perpetuate the beliefs of white supremacy, falsify history and support segregation and racial intimidation.
Charleston is no stranger to the violence and racism caused by white supremacy. On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof, a self-identified white supremacist- walked into the Mother Emmanuel Church on Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, and murdered 9 innocent African Americans because of the color of their skin. When interviewed by detectives, Dylann Roof was asked "Why Charleston? Why Mother Emmanuel?" His response is a huge reason why it's so important to remove this statue: "It's the most historical city in my state, and at one point, had the highest ratio of blacks to whites."
Being apart of the Confederacy is a shameful legacy- one that most of us can't do much about. However, we CAN choose to remove this statue at one of the most populated tourist spots in all of downtown Charleston. As a city widely supported by tourism, it is important that we show the world that we do not support hatred. It is our turn to send a message to white supremacists, like Dylann Roof and the protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia: that they are not welcome here, and that we do not condone their beliefs of white supremacy, racism, segregation, or anything related to it- including the Confederate Army.
*We understand that due to the SC Heritage Act, any removals or alterings of Confederate memorials, statues, flags, ect, must first have 2/3rds vote from SC legislature.
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