Replace Confederate War Memorials statues with Martin Luther King Jr Statue

Replace Confederate War Memorials statues with Martin Luther King Jr Statue

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ORLANDA BURKS started this petition to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

To facilitate racial unity in Virginia, USA and the world. I propose a statue of Martin Luther King Jr replace one of the soon to be removed confederate war memorial statues in Richmond Va.

We need assistance of all who value human rights to uphold the dignity of those oppressed and mentally scared by the reminders of the institution of slavery and even the loss of life of adults and children of African Americans and our Caucasian supporters, #ItTakesAvillage. For there to be change for the minority, it will come at the partnership and strength of the majority. Silence is Compliance! 

Confederate monuments have always been symbols of white supremacy. The majority of the monument building, between 1890 and 1920, was also a time of extreme racial violence, as Southern whites pushed back against what little progress had been made by African-Americans in the decades after the Civil War. As monuments went up, so did the bodies of black men, women and children during a long rash of lynching (derived from brothers Charles Lynch and Willie Lynch, see Willie's letter to slave owners http://thetalkingdrum.com/wil.html)

My personal negative experiences are riding through the Confederate War Memorials located on Monument Avenue in Richmond, VA and USA Civil War reminders in Appomattox VA near where I was raised. In Appomattox Court House Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. The confederate idolologies should have died with the surrender and not been tolerated until this day. 

We need leadership at all levels of government to make this and other social and economic changes. In addition, they must condemn not only their actions but also the symbols of white supremacy itself.  It will require political assistance to include, but not limited to, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Richmond VA Mayor Levar Stoney.

Truly patriotic Americans, of all colors and creeds, should stand up to them as they did this past weekend. But we also need leadership at all levels of government to condemn not only their actions but also white supremacy itself.

Thank you for your consideration. 

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