Removing the confederate monument in front of the courthouse in Orange, VA

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I am petitioning for the confederate monument outside the Orange courthouse to be removed because it is a symbol of racial inequality, injustice and oppression. Having phrases emulating the soldiers of the confederacy—men who fought and killed to oppress other human beings—like “they fought for the right” (to keep black men and women enslaved) or “imitate their example” (of tyranny, injustice, and oppression) is perverse and contradicts our cherished American values like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

You may think that it is disrespecting the history of the civil war to remove this monument, but I ask you to think again: there are no monuments in Germany venerating the soldiers who died fighting for fascism and caused the death of millions, just as millions of slaves lived and died without freedom. Why should they exist here, in the land of the free?

Furthermore, it is perverse to have a monument to oppression outside of a courthouse, where justice is supposed to be served. Taking down this monument is a step toward correcting the wrongs of our predecessors, and it is through actions like this that we can forge a better world for those who follow us. I am calling on the Orange Town Council, and even the commonwealth of Virginia if need be, to remove this monument and better uphold American values. And in true Virginian fashion, Sic Semper Tyrannis! Because tyrants are what the confederates were.

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