Addressing Our Racist History
Petition to Department of counterterrorism, Mike Pompeo, Department of Homeland Security
Change KKK status into Terrorist Organization
Ever since the inception of the Ku Klux Klan in December 24,1865 they have terrorized American citizens for the color of their skin and opposing views. This group has a long history of murder & intimidation of people based on color and religion. The KKK has lynched 3446 blacks and 1297 whites based of the research of The Tuskeegee Institute. The KKK has raped,murdered people for registering to vote, and destroyed towns built by African Americans. Clear documented evidence is available through picture and video of their murderous acts. Black Americans have suffered the most under this terror group. Terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims. We ask if ISIS or ISIL is labeled a terrorist group for their acts, then surely the KKK fit the clear description of a terrorist. KKK does not care to publicize their actions and the police aren't interested in investigating it. KKK members are in many forms of the government KKK could be considered the best example of a modern terrorist group that was even allowed, by the government, to function and even do marches in the capital of the country
Petition to Portsmouth Public School's School Board
Abolish the use of Woodrow Wilson's name and return it to Manor High School
In 1972, Manor High School opened its doors to several diverse communities in Portsmouth, Va. It was named for two ethnic neighborhoods: The mostly black Cavalier Manor, and the predominantly white community known as Hodges Manor. At the time, this combination reflected the most diverse public learning environment in Portsmouth. Students, faculty, and student government at Manor were allowed to develop and implement creative traditions associated with student life and academics, producing an array of citizens who have excelled in business, the military, education, sports, and entertainment. In 1993, the Portsmouth School Board consolidated two of its high schools, effectively erasing the legacy and proud tradition of Manor High. Against the wishes of many, and without fair representation of Manor alum, the School Board voted to change the name of Manor High School to Woodrow Wilson High. Recently in America, the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others has sparked outrage and ignited a campaign for social change that is inspiring Americans to re-evaluate systemic racism, as reflected in Confederate monuments to traitorous Civil War soldiers and displayed by institutions named in honor of prominent Americans who were avowed racists. Here in Portsmouth, we believe the school board should restore the name of Manor High School, as Woodrow Wilson was a demonstrated bigot. His name should not grace any building that educates African Americans - or any other group of children. Consider the record: As president of Princeton University, Wilson refused to allow African Americans to enroll in the college. In his first 10 months after being elected president of the United States, he fired 15 of 17 black government supervisors and replaced them with whites, insisting that black men had no business leading white women in America. Moreover, Wilson helped promote the Ku Klux Klan in 1915 by hosting a viewing of the profoundly racist film, “Birth of a Nation,” on the white house lawn. As well, he helped preserved Jim Crow segregation laws in Washington D.C. Wilson’s record on international affairs was no better. During the historical formation of the League of Nations, when Japanese representatives requested that support for racial equality be included a part of the foundational concept of the League, Wilson flat out refused to entertain the idea (Vox The Atlantic). If we are genuinely to be inclusive to all students in Portsmouth, then the name of Woodrow Wilson should not be associated with a school designed to educate our children. Officials at Princeton have already led the way to change, announcing plans to remove Wilson’s name from its public policy school and one of its residential colleges (CNN). We believe the Portsmouth School Board should follow suit and send the message that Wilson’s racist values and philosophies do not align with the principles of our city’s schools. Therefore, we ask the school board to right two wrongs: Remove the name of Woodrow Wilson High School and restore the name of Manor High to its rightful place.
Petition to Justin Henry (DISD School Board President)
Change the name of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas
I'm a student who currently attends Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas. Recently, I saw the news about Princeton University changing the name of its public policy school and a residential college named after the 28th president. The reason for this action was due to this president's 'racist thinking, policy’s, and actions. For those who are unaware, Woodrow Wilson has been long discussed for his racist thinking, and policies, and some would say he deliberately and intentionally destroyed Black middle-class communities in America. He also shared many views with the Ku Klux Klan and resegregated many federal agencies. Probably one of his most infamous actions of racism came from his decision to screen the movie The Birth Of A Nation(A racist 1915 film which was originally titled "The Klansmen") at the White House immediately after he took office. This petition is more than just about changing the name of a school. It’s about standing up for the principals of racial equality and social justice, which the killing of George Floyd and subsequent protests have made critically important today. Some may see that the renaming of buildings seems "silly" and "erases history", and we must in particular respect school alumni who care and give so much. Sometimes during the course of history, we must stand up and do what makes us uncomfortable or upset to support ALL of our citizens.
Petition to US Congress
Make the KKK illegal
Sign this petition to make the KKK illegal. The Ku Klux Klan is a white supremacist hate group with historic background of terrorism, including countless physical assaults and murders. The KKK is still active in certain parts of the country and has public rallies. Hate should not be a way to bring communities together, nor should it be allowed or tolerated.
Petition to Bill Lee
Remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from the Tennessee State capital
Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate general, slave trader, and founder of the infamous KKK. A bust of him was placed in the Tennessee State capital building in 1978, over a hundred years after the civil war. This statue does not belong inside the most powerful building in the state of Tennessee. We are requesting that the statue be removed from the Tennessee State captial, preferably placed into a museum so it might be seen with proper context. A statue of a traitor, racist, white supremacist slave owner does not belong in the same building where laws are decided on behalf of all Tennesseans, regardless of color.
Petition to Tab McKenzie, Lezlie Winter, Wayne Gaskin, Denny Smith, Susan Miller, Mike Crouch, William (Chris) Cunningham, Teresa Fratus, Conrad Herrera, Mississinewa Community Schools, Mayor Bill Rock
Retire Mississinewa Community School's 'Indian' Mascot
It is time to retire the outdated and appropriated image of the 'Indian' from Mississinewa Community Schools. On the home page of Mississinewa Community School's website, Superintendent Tab McKenzie writes to the community in a letter that states the following, "We strive to provide a safe, productive, and welcoming atmosphere at each of our schools." I think we are failing to maintain this mission statement as we disregard the wishes of the community we are representing with our current mascot. The stereotypical and appropriated image of the native American gives a harmful and inaccurate depiction of the indigenous people of our nation. Why is it offensive? In the past, the football field has a teepee planted in the ground for thousands of spectators to see every year. The mascot at the games likely has on "war-paint" and wears a costume portraying a Native American wearing an Indian headdress. Native American cultural representatives and activists have expressed offense at what they deem the cultural appropriation of wearing and displaying of such headdresses, and other "indigenous traditional arts and sacred objects" by those who have not earned them, especially by non-Natives as fashion or costume. The NCAI (National Congress of American Indians) said in their words, "rather than honoring Native peoples, these caricatures and stereotypes are harmful, perpetuate negative stereotypes of America’s first peoples, and contribute to a disregard for the personhood of Native peoples." It is time we finally listen to the words of these people and put an end to the bigotry. Not only is the act of making the 'Indian' a school mascot offensive to those people who identify themselves as Native American, but it is also wrong to represent their culture in a false light in an academic setting. The APA (The American Psychological Association) is the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the US with over 100,000 members. In 2005 they moved to a resolution that recommended the retirement of all American Indian mascots. Former president Ronald F. Levant, EdD wrote in the resolution, "The use of American Indian mascots as symbols in schools and university athletic programs is particularly troubling because schools are places of learning. These mascots are teaching stereotypical, misleading and too often, insulting images of American Indians. These negative lessons are not just affecting American Indian students; they are sending the wrong message to all students." Check out this study showing Native American views on the “Indian” Mascot https://psyarxiv.com/d5gte/ If you are here to argue against the measure we are asking, please read below. A community of over 95% of white people does not get to say what is racist and offensive to a specific community and what is not. As a fighter for change and inclusiveness, I urge the administration and school board of Mississinewa Community Schools to make this long-overdue change. Although our own native American population in Gas City, Indiana, and the surrounding area may be little to none, we should not continue to circulate and endorse these harmful and outdated images. What side of history do we want to be on? Let's make this change for the greater good of our community and the future of our school system! Email these school board members and school administration officials with your support of this change. Tab McKenzie- Superintendant of Mississinewa Community Schools: email@example.com Lezlie Winter- Assistant Superintendant of Mississinewa Community Schools: firstname.lastname@example.org Wayne Gaskin- President of School Board: email@example.com Denny Smith- Vice President of School Board: firstname.lastname@example.org Teresa Fratus - Member of School Board: email@example.com William (Chris) Cunningham - Member of School Board: firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Crouch - Member of School Board: email@example.com Conrad Herrera - Member of School Board: firstname.lastname@example.org Be nice and let's make our voices heard!
Petition to West Baton Rouge Parish Council
Take down the statue of confederate general Henry Watkins Allen in Port Allen, LA
Growing up in WBR was a beautiful experience. However, walking to the WBR parish library, passing the court house then having to pass the statue of the last confederate general in the state of Louisiana was traumatizing. It truly is gut wrenching looking from the halls of justice or from the windows of the library only to see a man who stood for hatred towards African Americans. This is a direct insult to the descendants of the enslaved who endured cruel and inhumane torture under the ownership of Gov. Allen. It’s time to bury the past and place this racist statue where it belongs, in a museum. Help us call, write and email the WBR parish council, president and whatever powers that be to remove the statue and have it place on the grounds of the West Baton Rouge Parish Museum where the true story of Gov. Allen can be told. This man was a traitor to our country and deserves no public honor. Let’s join the rest of America by saying we too will not allow ideals of white supremacy to be on public display in West Baton Rouge Parish. Signed, A Grateful Veteran
Petition to Parkwood Community Members, Union County Board of Education
It's Time to Change the Mascot of Parkwood High School
At 59 years of age, Parkwood High School is one of the oldest high schools in Union County. Our school has a great family like atmosphere, and is supported by a caring community that is steeped in the rich tradition of caring for fellow neighbors, and doing good for one another. Unfortunately, as we praise and celebrate the brightest things about Parkwood, we must also acknowledge and work to overcome difficult and troubling parts of our school's history. Parkwood was a segregated school when it was founded. Parkwood was a school of it's time. And yes, Parkwood had and STILL HAS the "Rebel" as it's mascot. While watered down efforts to distance the mascot from a "Confederate Rebel Soldier" have taken place over the years, it is still FAR from enough. Rebel was never an appropriate mascot, and it certainly is not in the year 2020. Parkwood is now a school with an integrated and racially diverse student body. It is not only wrong, but totally unacceptable to ask an African American student to wear a jersey with a mascot on it that has ties to a government of opression who fought to keep their ancestors in chains. It is time move past this painful symbol, and no longer glorify it in our community.