Addressing Racist History
Petition to General Glenn M. Walters, Captain Eugene "Geno" Paluso, The Citadel Alumni Association, The Citadel The Military College of South Carolina
Remove all offensive and racist materials from The Citadel, The Military College of S.C.
Black Cadets have been attending The Citadel for over 54 years yet The Citadel refuses to remove extremely racist and offensive photographs, cartoons, yearbooks and other items off school grounds, including the Confederate Flag at Summerall Chapel. By signing this petition you will be supporting The Citadel's Black Cadets past, present, and future. Recently, The Citadel decided to revoke a perspective cadet's acceptance into the Corps of Cadets due to that individual's posting of racially insensitive comments on social media. Prior to this decision, The Citadel stated that the institution "does not tolerate racism of any kind." In order for that statement to be accurate the school must remove ALL racist materials from school grounds. These relics serve as constant visual reminders that the Citadel still tolerates racism. It implies that it always has and at the current pace always will. When The Citadel opts to Keep these photographs, cartoons, yearbooks, etc.. on display while routinely issuing a hollow 'copy and paste' statement every time the public is outraged by some reminder of the school's racist history, it serves only to reinforce the idea that the school tolerates this behavior and supports cadets who engage in such. It is without honor, duty or respect. The Citadel can start with following the lead of the State of South Carolina and immediately remove the confederate flag from campus. This racist relic serves as a symbol for a pro-slavery movement that cost the lives of many decent Americans who courageously fought against what it stood for and won. For years, proponents have taken the stance that this flag has to remain flying in what should be a sacred space for Cadets, a refuge of sorts, because The Chapel is subject to the Heritage Act. The simple truth however is that the Heritage Act applies to museums. Summerall Chapel is a chapel and is listed as such on The Citadel's official website; it is not a museum. The Citadel has a school museum located in Daniel Library. In 1970, Charles Foster was the first black cadet to get the opportunity to successfully attend and graduate from The Citadel. His bravery paved the way for many black students to be able to subsequently matriculate at our Alma Mater. If The Citadel refuses to name Charles Foster as a "distinguished cadet" despite a petition requesting such which has been repeatedly ignored, the least we can do is remove racially insensitive material from school grounds in honor of his accomplishments. Foster faced many racial challenges at the hands of cadets who were suppose to become his life long 'family'. And now, unfortunately, 54 years later, many black cadets still face similar racial challenges. As cadets we face tremendous obstacles while walking the road less traveled, racial hurdles should not be one of those challenges. Removing these materials and taking down the flag will not erase the racist history that has plagued The Citadel's history since 1842, however, it is a step forward and in the right direction, It will serve as a reminder of a past to which we cannot ever revisit. This will be one of the most important statements The Citadel will make in its 178 years of existence. This act of decency will resonate long, loud and clear with a lot of outstanding Black Cadets excited to call The Citadel their Alma Mater. I know this because I am one of them. Mighty Mike!!!!!!
Petition to Mayor Donna Dodgen, Guadalupe County Commissioners, Councilor Ernest Leal, Councilor Jeannette Crabb, Councilor Chris Aviles, Councilor Chris Rangel, Councilor Jeremy Roy, Councilor Fonda Mathis, Councilor Penny Wallace, Councilor Mark Herbold, Greg Abbott
Remove the Monument To Confederate Racist John Ireland in Downtown Seguin
We must remove the monument to the racist, traitor to the United States, and Confederate Soldier John Ireland, from downtown Seguin. Ireland held offices such as Mayor of Seguin and Governor of Texas. He is a stain on the soul of our great city and state. A firm believer in slavery, Ireland campaigned for greater efforts to reclaim slaves who had run away to freedom in Mexico. He was an ardent secessionist and served as a delegate of Seguin to the 1861 Secession Convention. He enlisted in the Confederate States Army as a private and eventually worked his way through the ranks to that of lieutenant colonel. Throughout the Civil War, Ireland was stationed within the Texas borders, patrolling along the Rio Grande border and along the Gulf Coast, where he was stationed at the civil war's end in 1865. Following the war, Ireland participated in the Reconstruction Convention of 1866 and was soon elected judge of the Seguin District. He was removed from his position the following year for his roles in the Confederacy by Republicans that seized power. We cannot allow history to be rewritten by Confederate Apologists. Ireland was not a good man and has absolutely no right to be honored in the way he is downtown in Seguin, TX.
Petition to Bellefonte School Board and Superintendent
Change Bellefonte School District Mascot
www.betterBellefontemascot.com The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the nation's oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native advocacy organization, launched a campaign in 1968, 52 years ago, to address stereotypes of Native people in popular culture, media, and sports. The organization states that “there has been a great deal of progress since then in ending harmful "Indian" mascots in sports”. It is time that Bellefonte Area School District supports the end of their own harmful mascot, the Red Raider, and the creation of a new mascot. Directly taken from the NCAI: "NCAI's position is clear, longstanding, and deeply rooted in our seventy years as a leading voice for Indian Country - we advocate for and protect the civil rights, social justice, and racial equity of all Native people in all parts of American society. About "Indian" Sports Mascots & Harm Born in an era when racism and bigotry were accepted by the dominant culture, "Indian" sports brands have grown to become multi-million dollar franchises. The intolerance and harm promoted by these “Indian” sports mascots, logos, or symbols, have very real consequences for Native people. Specifically, 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. As documented in a comprehensive review of decades of social science research, derogatory "Indian" sports mascots have serious psychological, social, and cultural consequences for Native Americans, especially Native youth. Of today’s American Indian and Alaska Native population, those under the age of 18 make up 32 percent, and Native youth under the age of 24 represent nearly half, or 42 percent, of the entire Native population. Most concerning in considering negative stereotypes of Native people is the alarmingly high rates of hate crimes against Native people. According to the Department of Justice analysis, “American Indians are more likely than people of other races to experience violence at the hands of someone of a different race.” These factors together indicate a very real need to take immediate action in a number of areas, including the removal of harmful images as well as the education of the general public, to diffuse additional hateful activity against Native peoples. Hundreds of tribal nations, national and regional tribal organizations, civil rights organizations, school boards, sports teams, sports and media personalities, and individuals have called for the end to harmful “Indian” mascots. Rooted in the civil rights movement, the quest for racial equality among American Indian and Alaska Native people began well before NCAI established a campaign in 1968 to bring an end to negative and harmful stereotypes in the media and popular culture, including in sports. As a result, there has been significant progress at the professional, collegiate, and high school levels to change once accepted race-based marketing practices. Since 1963, no professional teams have established new mascots that use racial stereotypes in their names and imagery. In 2005, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) established an extensive policy to remove harmful “Indian” mascots. As a result of ongoing education and advocacy, in total, two-thirds or over 2,000 “Indian” references in sports have been eliminated during the past 35 years. Nearly 1,000 still remain today.” Per the National Collegiate Athletic Association's August 5th, 2005 News Release: "Colleges and universities may adopt any mascot that they wish, as that is an institutional matter," said Walter Harrison, chair of the Executive Committee and president at the University of Hartford. "But as a national association, we believe that mascots, nicknames or images deemed hostile or abusive in terms of race, ethnicity or national origin should not be visible at the championship events that we control." The policy prohibiting colleges or universities with hostile or abusive mascots, nicknames or imagery from hosting any NCAA championship competitions takes effect February 1, 2006." The NCAA objects to institutions using racial/ethnic/national origin references in their intercollegiate athletics programs," said NCAA President Myles Brand. "Several institutions have made changes that adhere to the core values of the NCAA Constitution pertaining to cultural diversity, ethical sportsmanship and nondiscrimination. We applaud that, and we will continue to monitor these institutions and others. All institutions are encouraged to promote these core values and take proactive steps at every NCAA event through institutional event management to enhance the integrity of intercollegiate athletics related to these issues." Since September 8th, 2007 when Indiana University of Pennsylvania introduced their new mascot, going from the Indians to the Crimson Hawks, there are no longer any post-secondary education institutions in Pennsylvania using Native American mascots. Across the country, bills are being introduced in a number of states to actively ban Native American mascots from being used. In the year 2020, does Bellefonte need a bill to come to terms with the racism and prejudice that "Red Raiders" provokes? It would be admirable of us as a community to honor the Native Americans who lived in these lands for 12,000 years, but does our school name "Red Raider" and the current sports logo represent pride or racism? According to U.S. News, only 0.1% (1 out of 1000) of Bellefonte residents identify as Native American, and according to the Census taken since 1890, Pennsylvania has always had one of the lowest Native American populations across all US states, less than 0.2% statewide. The Bellefonte community deserves a school logo and mascot that is anti-racist, anti-bias, all-inclusive, and honors our great community and its history! Our students deserve better than the "Red Raider." Sign this petition in support of removing the Red Raider as the Bellefonte school mascot and supporting actions to create a new mascot. Together we can create a new mascot and improve our community for our children and each other. ******* Resources for parents and other stakeholders for supporting anti-racist, anti-biased, inclusive environments ******* Petition for anti-racist, anti-biased education in Bellefonte: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17jA5hGh_G_ZTEtxZrbzu8u4io-mw0waOl1rGrqcqUqk/viewform?edit_requested=true Petition for anti-racist, anti-biased education in Bellefonte: http://chng.it/C74XSNQLB8 Statement by the Council of the American Sociological Association on Discontinuing the Use of Native American Nicknames, Logos, and Mascots in Sport: https://www.asanet.org/about-asa/how-asa-operates/council-statements/use-native-american-nicknames-logos-and-mascots Documented psychological and sociological harm of Native American logos and mascots: https://www.changethemascot.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/DrFriedmanReport.pdf National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): https://www.naacp.org/ https://www.naacp.org/latest/naacp-calls-on-washington-football-team-to-change-its-name/ https://www.changethemascot.org/supporters-of-change/ Young Children notice and think about race: http://www.childrenscommunityschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/theyre-not-too-young-1.pdf Center for Education and Civil Rights: https://cecr.ed.psu.edu/resources/pre-k-diversity/resources-educators NAEYC Statement: Advancing Equity in Early Childhood: https://www.naeyc.org/resources/position-statements/equity Sesame Street Message about Racism: https://www.popsugar.com/family/sesame-street-statement-racism-george-floyd-47524335 USA Today What do we tell our children about George Floyd?: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/31/how-talk-kids-racism-racial-violence-police-brutality/5288065002/ Five tips for helping preschoolers understand tolerance: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/beyond-the-golden-rule/the-preschool-years-ages-25/5-tips-the-preschool-years 10 tips for teaching and talking to kids about race: https://www.embracerace.org/resources/teaching-and-talking-to-kids The Whole Child Blog – empathy and racism: http://www.wholechildeducation.org/blog/empathy-and-racism 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance: https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance Books that encourage kids of all colors to be inclusive and empathetic: https://www.embracerace.org/resources/books-that-encourage-kids-of-all-colors-to-be-inclusive-and-empathetic Teaching Young Children about race: https://www.teachingforchange.org/teaching-about-race A resource for talking about race with young children: http://www.raceconscious.org/about-the-blog/ Embrace Race – How kids learn about race: https://www.embracerace.org/resources/how-children-learn-about-race Sesame Street: Color of Me Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sqN2J9_axY&list=PL8TioFHubWFtbDj9_NI5fK9nbf-07wE5j Sesame Street: We're Different, We're the Same | Read Along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUrjb4SZnxg&list=PL8TioFHubWFtbDj9_NI5fK9nbf-07wE5j&index=2 Sesame Street: Lupita Nyong'o Loves Her Skin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIC2hHECZ6Y&list=PL8TioFHubWFtbDj9_NI5fK9nbf-07wE5j&index=10 Sesame Street: We Are So Much Alike Song with Alessia Cara: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcTx3j_rbyM&list=PL8TioFHubWFtbDj9_NI5fK9nbf-07wE5j&index=19 Sesame Street: I love my hair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enpFde5rgmw Sesame Street: What makes you special?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrPm7BasRBo Being Different is Beautiful by LittleSikhs.com: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ1ygFknjYo Song: Together We Can Change The World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU0dtEldTa0 Song: Thomas Rhett – Be a Light: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=RDGCGuv6-eaJM&v=GCGuv6-eaJM&feature=emb_rel_end A History of Native Americans in PA: http://explorepahistory.com/story.php?storyId=1-9-14
Petition to UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, Patricia A. Whitely, Jacqueline A. Travisano, Rudy Fernandez, Jacqueline R. Menendez, Maite Alvarez, Adriana Verdeja, Annette M Herrera, Hilarie Bass, Jeffrey Duerk, George Feldenkreis, Edward A. Dauer, Laurie S. Silvers, William L. Morrison, Betty G. Amos, Jose P. Bared, Fred Berens, Charles E. Cobb, Phillip Frost, Phillip T. George , Jorge M. Pérez, Patricia W. Toppel, David R. Weaver, G. Ed Williamson II, Dr. Linda L. Neider, JoNel Newman, Helen Bramlet
Rename University of Miami facilities with a racist history
While the University of Miami has made great strides in becoming more inclusive to everyone, our university still has a long way to go before realizing true equity and inclusion for all people. In light of our nation’s current racial climate, a group of University of Miami students and staff convened to investigate UM’s history on race relations. Over several weeks, our group discovered several troubling findings, specifically regarding our university’s relationship with George E. Merrick. Working with local Miami-based historians, our group investigated Merrick’s past and discovered much evidence confirming that George E. Merrick both held and acted upon racist, segregationist beliefs throughout his life; including in his role as head of the Miami-Dade Planning Board. Below, we have attached a number of articles and sources that support our findings, as well as a letter written by our group to the University of Miami’s President and administration addressing our findings and recommended steps forward. We demand: 1. That the University of Miami swiftly and immediately remove the Merrick name and likeness from all University buildings, structures, streets, and properties. 2. That the University of Miami forms an independent committee— representative of students, alumni, faculty, administrators, and Miami-Dade County residents— to review each University of Miami property and its corresponding name in order to ensure that those figures whose likenesses represent our University continue to represent the ideals and values of our current UM: those that do not should be removed. 3. A written confirmation and acknowledgement from the UM Board of Trustees and administration committing that all facilities named after racists, segregationists, or bigots will be renamed in a reasonable amount of time. Below, you will find our group’s letter and several supporting documents and sources. Thank you for your support! Letter of Request for Building Name Changes: University of Miami The University of Miami (UM) was chartered in 1925. It did not integrate until 1961. (https://scholar.library.miami.edu/umdesegregation/60s.php.html). "George Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables and the person who donated the land for UM to be built. In the 1930s, he advocated for all Black families to be pushed out of Miami's city limits and into “negro towns” in West Miami-Dade." (https://www.wlrn.org/post/after-being-called-n-word-student-um-summer-camp-was-asked-apologize-her-reaction#stream/0) Mohl, R. (2001). Whitening Miami: Race, Housing, and Government Policy in Twentieth-Century Dade County. The Florida Historical Quarterly, 79(3), 319-345. Retrieved June 19, 2020, from www.jstor.org/stable/30150856 “In a speech to the Miami Realty Board in May of 1937 Merrick proposed a ‘complete slum clearance… effectively removing every negro family from the present city limits.’ This black removal, Merrick asserted, was a ‘most essential and fundamental’ for the achievement of Miami’s ambitious planning goals” (Trouble in Paradise: Race and Housing in Miami During the New Deal Era Raymond Mohl, Page 13).
Petition to City of Monroe
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 Doug Piper, Ron Robison, Piper Criscola
Retire the Portland Winterhawks "Indian Head" Logo
The Portland Winterhawks have long used the logo of a Native Indian mascot on their jerseys and branding. Just this past February, they created with Adidas an alternate logo/crest they are promoting as a third jersey option. With this new design, the organization has created jerseys and branding with a anti-racist design while keeping the name and spirit of the Portland Winterhawks. Article with new design promotion here: https://winterhawks.com/article/winterhawks-and-adidas-announce-new-alternate-crest-and-third-jersey There is no justifiable reason to continue to use antiquated and racially offensive branding to promote this sports team. The requests for this petition are simple:1. There should be no "third" option, this new Adidas-designed logo should be the primary and ONLY option that is for sale. A compromise of not creating new merchandise with the former logo would be acceptable. 2. The Portland Winterhawks should immediately update their social media branding and update their website with the new designs to encourage the use and adoption of their new crest. No new media collateral should use the retired logo. 3. The Portland Winterhawks Skating Center must update their branding to reflect the new logo. 4. Sponsors of the Portland Winterhawks should cease the use of the former logo and should not create any new materials promoting the Winterhawks with the former logo.
Petition to CUSD Board President
Replace Padre Mascot!
With the recent removal of statues, memorials, and mascots with racist roots throughout the United States, we feel it is time for Californians to reappraise our history and the figures we take pride in. CHS has a great opportunity and responsibility to lead the way in our community by acknowledging and honoring the unjust and shameful treatment of Indigenous people of California, here on the Monterey Peninsula. It is clear that the time is now to remove the Padre as Carmel High School's mascot. Not only is the Padre an obviously Catholic figure being used as a mascot in a public school (which is problematic in its own right), but it also represents the enslavement and genocide of local Indigenous people and their cultures. As three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Elias Castillo writes, “Locked within the missions is a terrible truth -- that they were little more than concentration camps where California’s Indians [Indigenous people of California] were beaten, whipped, maimed, burned, tortured and virtually exterminated by the friars”. We are all familiar with the widely revered Padre Junipero Serra — Carmel even honors him with his very own street downtown. The unfortunate reality is that he was responsible for creating a regimen so harsh that over 60,000 Indigenous people lost their lives and several small tribes fell to extinction. Should we really be cheering on the Padre, a historical figure that devastated an entire civilization of Indigenous people? What kind of message is that sending to the young people we are trying to raise up and educate to become responsible, intelligent, and inclusive individuals? Please sign and urge the CUSD to replace the Padre mascot!
Petition to Burbank unified school district, John Burroughs High School
Change JBHS Racist “mascot”
At John Burroughs High School in Burbank, the “mascot” is an Indian which is obviously very racially insensitive and extremely outdated. Their attempt, or excuse of honoring celebrations of Native American heroism are not only misguided, but offensive. It is also undoubtedly tied to this nation’s history of racism, therefore students are ashamed to be part of a school who upholds this belief. The least the Burbank Unified School District could do is change their mascot, as Native Americans are still heavily discriminated against in the United States. Links to supporting studies: http://www.ncaa.org/static/champion/where-pride-meets-prejudice/index.php?division=d3 http://www.ncai.org/proudtobe https://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/indian-mascots https://insights.som.yale.edu/insights/when-the-school-mascot-is-native-american-stereotype