Defy Hate and Prejudice
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Petition To Stop Federal Funding for any Group, Organization, or Activity that Promotes Racism, Sexism, Bigotry, or Hatred
Petition to Remove All Confederate Names, Symbols, and Monuments From All US Military Posts, Ships, Crafts, and Bases.
In 1861, Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard, launched an attack against US Army troops stationed at Ft. Sumter in South Carolina plunging America into the deep and bloody Civil War. Beauregard was the Confederate Army’s first General, fighting to allow southern States to continue to be able to terrorize, disenfranchise, enslave, and kill people on the basis of skin color. By definition, Beauregard was a racist, and a terrorist who killed American servicemembers by waging war.
Today, the same soldier who fought to destroy the Union and spark the Civil War, has a military post named after him, Camp Beauregard, in Louisiana. This is a problem and an embarrassment for Americans. It is unjust for an African-American or any servicemember of color to be trained in a facility that is named after someone who fought for the right of ordinary white citizens to whip, lynch, rape, and terrorize non-whites who didn’t want to be somebody’s slave.
In fact, in the United States, there are 10 US Army installations named after Confederates who waged war against the United States in an attempt to allow southern states to leave the Union and protect the institution of slavery as a “southern way of life.” Fort Lee, Fort Hood, Fort Benning, Fort Bragg, Fort Rucker, Fort Polk, Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Pickett, Fort Gordon and Camp Beauregard are all named in honor of Confederates and must all be renamed.
Fort Gordon, for example, is named after Confederate General John Brown Gordon, who after the Civil War was elected to US Congress, elected Georgia Governor, and elected Grand Wizard of the Georgia Klu Klux Klan! In fact, the Klu Klux Klan, a terrorist organization, was founded by 6 officers of the Confederate Army shortly after the Civil War.
The Confederate ideology is one of white supremacy. The Confederate ideology does not value equality. Confederate symbols suggest that it is not only allowable but even honorable to take up arms and kill other Americans in the name of “state’s rights,” even if those rights are false. Our military servicemembers stand and fight for freedom for all Americans. Black lives matter, White lives matter, Brown lives matter. Gay and Straight lives matter. Jewish and Muslim lives matter. All life matters.
It is a travesty to honor someone on a United States military post who sought to kill members of the United States military in an attempt to break up the United States. Confederate General George Pickett executed 22 Confederate soldiers because they switched sides and wanted to rejoin the Union. Pickett fled to Canada for fear of prosecution for killing those 22 men. Yet Ft. Picket in Virginia bears his namesake.
Confederate General Henry L. Benning in a public speech stated that he would rather have “pestilence and famine” rather than see slaves be freed, or god forbid, even ever see a Black President. Yet one of our largest Army bases, Ft. Benning, is named in his honor. He earnestly believed in and defended slavery until has last breath:
“What was the reason that induced Georgia to take the step of secession? This reason may be summed up in one single proposition. It was a conviction, a deep conviction on the part of Georgia, that a separation from the North-was the only thing that could prevent the abolition of her slavery… Suppose they elevated Fred Douglass, your escaped slave, to the presidency? What would be your position in such an event? I say give me pestilence and famine sooner than that.”
Confederate General Henry Lewis Benning, Speech to the Virginia Convention, February 18, 1861
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