Addressing Our Racist History
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 UA System Board of Trustees, President of the University of Alabama Dr. Stuart Bell, Chancellor of the UA System Finis St. John IV, Provost of the University of Alabama Dr. Kevin Whitaker
Rename Graves Hall as 'Autherine Lucy Hall'
Dear UA Community, Many of you have recently heard of the petition that advocates for the renaming of buildings on The University of Alabama’s campus that hold the names of racist figures in this country’s history. Multiple buildings are targeted, including the College of Education’s own Bibb Graves Hall. As College of Education Ambassadors, we want to make it clear to our peers and faculty that we stand in support of this petition. Furthermore, we have chosen to create our own specifically requesting that the University of Alabama rename Bibb Graves Hall to Autherine Lucy Hall. We strongly urge the University of Alabama to listen to the requests of its students and community. Included in the College of Education’s overarching ideals, we state our “Commitment to Diversity [and the] Ideals of Fairness and Equity.” The College’s vision is to “facilitate [the] visibility and voice of education leaders beyond the classroom in support of democracy and social justice for all learners in our global society.” Furthermore, the larger University’s Capstone Creed challenges us to “act with fairness, integrity, and respect; promote equity and inclusion; [and] foster… civic responsibility.” Yet, these values are taught inside buildings named after leaders and participants of overtly racist organizations. The values we are asked to uphold should be embodied in current life on campus, not just stated as a hope for the future. As student representatives of the College of Education, and as individuals who walk the halls of Graves daily, we expect all aspects of our college, including who our buildings are named after, to reflect these ideals. In 1956, the College of Education demonstrated these ideals by admitting the first African American student to UA, Autherine Lucy Foster. Today is another opportunity for The College of Education to once again take the initiative and lead our peers. For these reasons, we find it only right to join the College of Education’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee’s position to change the name of Bibb Graves Hall to Autherine Lucy Hall. We hope that by publicly acknowledging our stance on the current issues affecting our students, many other college Ambassador groups and student organizations will join us. Together, we can make a difference here at the University of Alabama. Together in support, Lauren Upton - President, College of Education Ambassadors firstname.lastname@example.org Sidney Sheppard - Secretary, College of Education Ambassadors email@example.com Faryn Fryer - Parliamentarian, College of Education Ambassadors firstname.lastname@example.org Along with Alexandra Svenson, Amanda Ferrito, Anna Tucker, Brynn Murray, Caroline Kellogg, Danit Silberman, Elizabeth Aguirre, Emma Grace Jones, Katie Jo Dickey, and Lindsay Pugh: College of Education Ambassadors.
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 Brian Kemp, Richard Woods, Mike Long, Dr. David "Butch" Mosely, Helen Odom Rice, Lisa Kinnemore, Kenneth Mason, Scott Sweeney, Mike Royal, Jason Downey, Martha Zoller, Dr. Stanley W. DeJarnett, Scott Johnson, Matt W. Donaldson, Leonte Benton, Phenna Rene Petty, Tracey Nance Pendley
Tell Georgia's State Board of Education to stop censoring American history in our schools!
Georgia's Board of Education passed a resolution on Thursday, June 3, 2021 essentially seeking to eliminate discussion & teaching in Georgia’s schools of racism and racial challenges we people of color have faced and continue to face in America. This resolution makes shockingly inaccurate claims including statements which seek to rewrite our history, e.g., "with respect to their relationship to American values, slavery and racism are anything other than deviations from, betrayals of, or failures to live up to, the authentic founding principles of the United States, which include liberty and equality." Teaching civics, social studies, and history with a social justice lens and acknowledging the past and present racial traumas in American society, especially given our state's role, are necessary to build awareness, understand and address major societal & systemic challenges faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, and heal intergenerational trauma. Just as recent voter suppression legislation was passed in Georgia to placate unfounded claims of fraud, we believe this is another attempt to further suppress our voices, our stories, and our truth. We must teach our children America's true and complete history. We call on Georgia's State Board of Education leaders to immediately reverse this resolution as well as work with Georgia’s BIPOC families, community leaders, and DEI, antiracism, & CRT pedagogy experts, educators, & practitioners to define a plan for how best to proactively, inclusively, and truthfully include these components into Georgia's schools.
Petition to Gary Ford, Brent Moore, Dr. Jeffrey Booker, Charlie Martin
Retire South Point High School's "Red Raider" Mascot
The town of Belmont, NC exists on land that once belonged to the Catawba and Sugaree tribes. South Point High School was established in 1964 with the mascot the "Red Raider," depicted as a bright red Native American man with an earring, mohawk, and feather. South Point's mascot, which presents a racialized caricature of a marginalized group, is offensive, insulting to Native Americans, and should be retired. As South Point alumni, we recognize that many people feel a sense of pride and identity with the Red Raider mascot, and that a call to retire the mascot will bring feelings of anger, defensiveness, and confusion. We recognize that it is easier to name and call out racism in other communities and institutions than to do so within an institution we have grown up in and identified with, and that it is not easy to use the word "racist" in association with a school we feel great pride in. We also recognize that many alumni who do feel uncomfortable with the mascot may still feel hesitant to say so publicly at the risk of upsetting friends and family members. However, we believe that when we know better, we must do better. For many of us who have been asking for ways to fight racism and advance justice within our communities, this is a small but symbolic step we can take to begin. We encourage South Point alumni, students, faculty, and community members to come together to support retiring the Red Raider mascot and democratically choosing a new mascot that better represents the character of South Point and Belmont. We would like to get signatures and participation from every graduating class of South Point alumni. If you are a South Point alum interested in representing your class and helping spread the word to your classmates, please contact Laura Boyce '03 at email@example.com.
Petition to Robert Clark
Removal of General Custer Statue in Monroe, MI
I am requesting the removal of the General Custer statue that is centered in downtown Monroe, MI. This statue represents a man who was glorified by using mass genocide of Native Americans. It does not represent what our town stands for in 2020. By taking this statue down it will give the community a sense of change and hope for the future of future members of monroe. We want our kids to grow up safe, happy, healthy, and unafraid to die.
Petition to Babylon Village Public Arts Commission, Village of Babylon
Remove the Robert Moses statue in Babylon, NY
Robert Moses has left behind a long legacy of prejudice and gentrification, specifically targeting the Black and Hispanic communities. Through his role in building infrastructure throughout Long Island, he supported tactics leading to housing segregation so Long Island neighborhoods were predominantly inhabited by White Christian folks. Yet, many still praise him for his work, calling him a “true visionary.” Specifically, the Babylon Village Public Arts Commission funded a project to erect a Robert Moses statue in 2002, which now stands in front of the Babylon Village Town Hall. A plaque included with statue contains exaggerated language glorifying Moses, saying that he had an “eye to the future” and “preserved the integrity of the Long Island shoreline while creating a legacy for future generations.” The true “future” that Moses envisioned was divided and prejudiced. The plaque only mentions his injustices once, saying that he was a “dominant and sometimes controversial force.” This statue clearly fails to adequately acknowledge his disregard for human lives for the sake of superficial innovation. Moses also built the Lincoln Center area of New York City after he misplaced communities of color. He gave Fordham University the land to build a second campus, and the university named the outdoor plaza after him and erected a statue commemorating him in 2016. This was met with immediate outage on behalf of the students, and the university swiftly removed the statue. We are asking that Babylon Village does the same, as the statue represents a long history of systemic racism and anti-semitism.
Petition to J. Thomas Gregory
Ban the Display of Confederate Flags in Classrooms
I am a substitute teacher (aka guest teacher) in Colorado. While subbing, I recently came across an individual who has a confederate flag on display in her classroom. I made the district and the principal aware of the situation, and neither had a problem with her displaying it for "educational purposes." In short, it is not the flag that is the problem but the symbolism behind it. The leader of the confederate army believed that whites are superior to Black Americans and said as much. By hanging the flag in the classroom, the teacher has centered her own whiteness in the conversation of the Civil War, not paying any attention how students may be internalizing that information with a confederate flag hanging in the back of the classroom. By doing this she also decenters any other racial or class's point of view in the discussion of the Civil War. Classrooms are meant to be a safe space for all students, and it cannot be a safe space if a modern-day symbol of hate is on display. There needs to be a mandate put in place to not allow confederate flags to be hung or displayed in classrooms in Colorado. New York state has already done this and does not allow confederate flags to be bought/sold or displayed on state property: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/confederate-flag-banned-being-sold-or-displayed-state-property-new-n1251726 The house has also banned the flying of confederate flag(s) at Veterans cemeteries: https://apnews.com/article/46bbf9cc30fb453f98b59542853d6ae2 Why are cemeteries protected but our students are not?