Please remove the Confederate Monument on our public grounds at the Kern County Museum
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The Kern County Museum in Bakersfield (CA), which is on public land, has a monument to Jefferson Davis, who was President of the Confederate States of America. This was installed by a Confederate group and is on the grounds outside the museum on public display. To millions of Americans, it is a monument that represents oppression and hate towards certain members of our population. We live in a democracy where some of us choose to use our voices to make a difference. We choose to use our voice with this petition.
Jefferson Davis fought for slavery and against our country. We believe it is time to remove monuments which are symbols of oppression that also honor people who fought against the United States. Put them in their proper place, in the slavery section of a museum. Or replace the monument with one that honors the slaves that have suffered so greatly in the early years of our country.
Recently, the city of San Diego removed a similar monument erected by the same Confederate group. Removing this plaque would not be erasing history -- it would be honoring it. And we also know this is just one small step in a much larger process of making sure one day we will actually have liberty and justice for all American citizens.
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