Remove Robert E. Lee and Other Confederate Leaders' Statues from Monument Ave in Richmond
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This is a call to action to remove the Robert E. Lee memorial statue from Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia as well as the removal of several lesser known statues in the area.
The information provided and the petition is for all of those willing to do what is right and get involved in this change. This is a challenge to everyone worldwide -young, old, black, white, Hispanic, men, women, and children. Please sign and share this with all you can, lest the Richmond City Council be forced to do what is right also. The right thing to do is to remove these eyesores and reminders of racism, slavery, death, and oppression from a United States city. (The FULL article/explanation with photos included can be found at - http://bit.ly/1PBGgtf ) It can be argued these monuments should stand to be a reminder of Richmond’s history. That is what museums are for, let those whom want to learn or commemorate the slave supporting and racist confederacy visit a museum. In Richmond, a city in which African-Americans are a majority (49.7%) of the population, citizens should not be forced to see it in their travels. There are no Nazi statues memorializing Hitler or Himmler in Germany. The Jewish and the rest of the world don’t need the images of Nazism forced upon them during their daily travels. The world doesn’t need monuments memorializing them. Richmond doesn’t need grotesque reminders either. Some would say I am exaggerating for the sake of proving a moot point by comparing Robert E. Lee to Adolf Hitler, but am I? Granted, Robert E. Lee was no Hitler… but Robert E. Lee was Robert E. Lee, and that is evil enough in itself. During the Civil War, Lee not only fought to perpetuate the institution of chattel slavery. Robert E Lee also gave orders to his troops visiting free Union states, to kidnap free black families and bring them south to be enslaved. Was Robert E. Lee the brave war hero his (misinformed and/or bigoted) supporters claim he was? Hardly, if at all. When the Union soldiers approached Richmond, Robert E. Lee and his army did not stick around to fight for the capitol city of the Confederacy. Instead they set the city on fire and ran. If I were to name all of his regime’s transgressions against humanity, this would go on and on. (photos) Harpers Ferry 1862. A depiction of Confederate soldiers driving the enslaved further south, out of the reach of Union soldiers — in preparation for the Emancipation Proclamation (so they could not be freed). It is true that slavery existed many years before it existed in North America. However, all slavery is not created equal. Slavery in a global sense was mainly limited to indentured servitude for a prescribed amount of time, debt bondage, and serfdom. There were rules in how you could treat the enslaved, they were human responsibilities with rights.
Even in these seemingly less severe cases of slavery, it is still wrong. Slavery is despicable in any capacity. Chattel slavery is what was conducted in North America. Under chattel slavery, black people in America were treated subhuman. Black people were property, to never be freed, and their children would also face the same fate from their births until their deaths. African-Americans were raped, maimed, burned alive, and kidnapped without consequence to those “in charge.” This is the institution the Confederacy fought so hard to continue. (photo) Jefferson Davis Statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.A common misconception today (aided by revisionist history) is the Civil War wasn’t about slavery and the Confederacy was fighting a noble cause against tyranny. In all actuality, the Civil War was about slavery and the Confederacy fought to keep it alive. Here are a few secession letters from the states involved clearly pointing out slavery as the cause for their “noble fight.”: (photos) South Carolina Secession StatementMississippi Secession StatementGeorgia Secession StatementTexas Secession Statement Here are a few quotes from the “heroes” of the Confederacy on slavery,; both of which have a memorial dedicated to them on Richmond’s Monument Avenue: “The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful Providence.” –Robert E. Lee“African slavery, as it exists in the United States, is a moral, a social, and a political blessing.”-Jefferson Davis“My own convictions as to negro slavery are strong. It has its evils and abuses…We recognize the negro as God and God’s Book and God’s Laws, in nature, tell us to recognize him — our inferior, fitted expressly for servitude…You cannot transform the negro into anything one-tenth as useful or as good as what slavery enables them to be.”-Jefferson Davis
Not only is this harmful to the psyche of African-Americans and others vehemently against racism and slavery, but it is also harmful to the impressionable. After nine black people were murdered while worshiping in a South Carolina church, the South Carolina governor said the killer had a “sick and twisted view of the (Confederate) flag.” As you can see, she was wrong. The killer’s view that black people are inferior, subhuman, and disposable, are very consistent with the views of the Confederacy and its leaders. (photo) We could go into further detail about the Confederacy, their views, and their crimes against humans. Instead, I will stop here and ask you — do you believe these people should be memorialized in Richmond or anywhere? Should a monument of Robert E. Lee be erected above this mostly African-American city, towering over the descendants of those he once waged war and genocide against? I would like to believe a majority of Richmonders, of all races and backgrounds, don’t stand for the same ideals of the Confederacy. You don’t have to live in Richmond to help. Please sign and share the petition wherever possible if you support the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue towering over Monument Avenue as well as the statues of other Confederate leaders in the city. The Richmond City Council will be kept abreast of the progress of this petition. Also, if you would like to contact the Richmond City Council yourself- here is the info: RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL Richmond City Council Executive Offices Richmond City Hall 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305 Richmond, Virginia 23219
Richmond City Council Contact Page
Sources: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/weblogs/jackblog/2015/jun/21/confederates-speak-yes-we-fought-the-civil-war-ove/ http://africanhistory.about.com/od/slavery/p/SlaveryTypes.htm http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/22/civil-war-slavery_n_7639988.html http://deadconfederates.com/2010/07/01/old-pete-slave-raids-and-the-gettysburg-campaign/ my contact info (all questions, comments, and corrections are welcome): Nova Sankofa (Brian W.) www.NovaSankofa.com Novasankofa@gmail.com
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