Take Down All Confederate Monuments, Invest & Replace With Real Civil Rights Leaders

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Invest money into “monuments with meaning” and take down white supremacy filled, “lost cause” confederate monuments.

In 1860-1861, 11 slave-holding states withdrew from The US, forming the Confederate States of America or the Confederacy, which started the Civil War. “In 1861, the Confederacy adopted its first of three national flags, known as the Stars and Bars.The Stars and Bars had a blue canton, or upper corner, with white stars, symbolizing the seceded states, and red and white stripes.” The flag  that became most associated with the Confederacy  was named the “battle flag.” “Organizations such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans adopted the flag as a symbol of Southern heritage but the flag also served as a potent symbol of slavery and white supremacy, which has caused it to be very popular among white supremacists in the 20th and 21st centuries. This popularity extends to white supremacists beyond the borders of the United States.“

That’s a little history on the flag. Now, to the monuments. Confederate monuments were built around the time racial conflicts were at an all time high such as when Jim Crow laws were introduced and at the start of the Civil Rights Movement, which was a decades-long struggle by African Americans to end legalized racial discrimination, disenfranchisement and racial segregation in the United States. Essentially, these confederate monuments do not symbolize or remind us of the past, but rather promotes a future of “white supremacy.” It makes way for hate because they’ve always had this underlining feeling of superiority towards black people. This is not how any TRUE American should want their country to symbolize  - hate, division, and pride. One where slavery was an integral part of ITS history. One where it furthers hate in this country even today.

So I am proposing a bill to take down EVERY Confederate Monuments all over the States and put up Black Prominent figures who lead a movement for the betterment of black people and fought for equality for all. Those are the values that we should want to teach our children and future generations to come. Leaders like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, W.E.B Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, Jessie Jackson, etc. The Southerners shouldn’t be remembered as heroes. These are the real heroes, they actually contributed to society and preached unity, not division as well as practiced love, not hate. Their fight was meaningful, it wasn’t a lost cause like. 

I hope that you will consider using your voice by signing this petition and saying “no more to the promotion of division, white supremacy, and hate in this country.” LET’S RECOGNIZE REAL LEADERS.