Addressing Racist History
Petition to Anderson High School, Forest Hills School District
CHANGE ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL’S MASCOT.
FHSD just released a statement saying they are committed to fighting discrimination and inequity. Yet, Anderson High School’s mascot continues to be racist. Why is the mascot racist? The R-word is the moral equivalent of the N-word. It packs the same level of bigotry and insensitivity for Native Americans as any other racial slur. Additionally, it refers to the horrifying practice of skinning Native People. What do Native Americans think about it? Jheri Neri, activist from the Mescolare Tribe: “Races of people should not be mascots. Period.” Philip Yeno, activist and executive director of the state of Ohio’s chapter of the American Indian Movement: “Our people and others have come to realize that this caricature of our people as a red face, smiling savage does great harm to us and our culture. This imagery, most sports teams are named after animals and they put us in that same category. We are a living culture. We still exists.” Suzan Harjo, writer and lecturer, Cheyenne and Holdugee Muscogee: “Regarding their claim that it’s not offensive: it’s up to the offended, not the offender, to say what is offensive and what offends. It is grossly arrogant for offending white men to tell us what hurts and what does not.”
Petition to Lane County Board of Comissioners
Rename Lane County to Honor Kalapuya Sovereignty
We implore the Lane County Board of Commissioners to work closely with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz to immediately change the name of Lane County, Oregon. We as citizens respect the sovereignty and dignity of the Kalapuya people and their heritage. Lane County is currently named for the racist Joseph Lane, who brutalized and killed many native civilians. Lane also ran as the pro-slavery vice-presidential candidate on the Southern Democratic ticket in 1860. We have a lot of work ahead of us - but changing the county name is long overdue for the health and integrity of our community, as well as our future. As citizens we ask that the name change reflect what was stolen from them as one small step toward reparations.
Petition to Culpeper County Board of Supervisors
Remove Confederate Flag at Lenn Park
Lenn Park in Culpeper, Virginia is a county park that is used by many local and surrounding counties. It is a park with many amenities that other parks in the area do not have and considered the best park in our town due to this. But Lenn Park is not used and enjoyed by all the county residents due to the Confederate flag that is proudly displayed when entering the facility. The Confederate flag is not a symbol of southern pride but rather a symbol of rebellion and racism. Symbols of hate have no place in our county ran facilities. The Confederate battle emblem represents: hatred, death, slavery, and a division amongst all people. It is past time for the flag to come down. The battle to remove the flag was denied a few years back but now is the time to fight again! This facility is ran by the county of Culpeper but the land on the website states “that it was donated to preserve the civil war significance that played a major role in the 1863 Battle of Brandy Station between Federal and Confederate Calvary soldiers”. But why does this symbol of hate have to be displayed??? 5years ago the removal was turned down, we should not let this happen again!!https://www.dailyprogress.com/archives/county-returns-lenn-park-land-surrounding-confederate-monument-back-to-donors/article_6bc055b4-6c9e-11e5-a907-9f96c2207d2b.html As residents and leaders in Culpeper County process and respond to racial injustice in our country, now is the time for our county to do something to show a commitment to diversity, unity, equity, and justice. Remove this flag and let the unity begin! Please sign this petition for the removal of this flag.
Petition to West Virginia State Senate, Virginia State House, Alabama Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, North Carolina Governor, South Carolina State Senate, Donald J. Trump, Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate, Mississippi State Senate, Mississippi State House, Virginia State Senate
Change every Confederate Statue to a Mothman Statue
The Confederate Statues should not represent our country. The Robert E. Lee statue is already being removed. Why not fill that space with a statue of Mothman? Mothman is the first urban legend to denounce racism and oppression. Mothman is the perfect candidate to replace Robert E. Lee and any other Confederate Statues. This petition is not the only form of protest against the Confederate Statues that fill The United States of America. Call your Representatives, Senators, Governors, and Mayors. Contact local councils too. These Confederate Statues have put a stain on the country and Mothman is a great alternative.
Petition to Ken Wray, Drew Fixell, Joe Arduino
Remove Columbus Monument From Patriot’s Park Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow
Join the rest of the country in calls to take down statues/monuments representing the worst of American history. What this monument, along with others celebrating colonialism, represents is violence, racism, marginalization, and the continued denial and minimization of the experiences of indigenous people. Columbus killed millions of native people through slavery and policies that supported extermination. Under his rule his men hanged indigenous people in mass, roasted them at the stake, and did everything in their power to erase native culture. Columbus enslaved indigenous people and facilitated the sexual exploitation of indigenous women and girls as young as nine years old. He profited from the pain of indigenous communities, and this is being commemorated here in Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow, NY. This figure is not a part of local history and does not belong in our community! The Christopher Columbus monument in Patriot’s Park reads: ”Christopher Columbus, Discoverer of America -1492- Foresight • Faith • Courage • Dedicated by the LA Columbus Catholic Society of the Tarrytowns in Honor and Memory of this Great Navigator -October 12, 1963” Though it shouldn’t take additional motivation, cities around the country are removing similar statues/monuments. This monument must be removed immediately. Enough is enough. It’s time for our community to condemn racism in ALL of its forms. Failure to remove this statue signals support to racism against all people of color, especially black and indigenous people.
Petition to City of Elizabeth City
Removal of all confederate statues.
We the citizens and land owners of the city of Elizabeth City North Carolina would like to petition the removal of the confederate statue at the court house and of every confederate statue in the city of Elizabeth a city NC. These statues are a stain and painful reminder of racial oppression and hatred endured by people of color and should not be used as symbols. Every city is recognizing the error of having them and with great hope we feel that our city should have the same and greater love honor kindness and respect for humanity. We want to be on the right side of history. We respectfully request the removal of confederate statues at the court house.
Petition to Braintree School Committee
Change the Braintree High School Mascot
If you grew up in or around Braintree, you're likely aware that the high school's mascot is the Wamps, shown through a caricatured drawing of a Native American. The use of a Native American chief as a mascot is extremely distasteful. For years, students have dressed up in feathered costumes and face paint, running through the halls replicating "Native American chants". These racist practices are unacceptable, yet continue to be allowed and encouraged by the use of this mascot. The National Congress of American Indians explains, "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." 15 years ago, the American Psychological Association "called for the immediate retirement of all American Indian mascots, symbols, images and personalities by schools, colleges, universities, athletic teams and organizations. APA's position is based on a growing body of social science literature that shows the harmful effects of racial stereotyping and inaccurate racial portrayals, including the particularly harmful effects of American Indian sports mascots on the social identity development and self-esteem of American Indian young people." By holding on to this outdated mascot, Braintree continues to contribute to these harmful stereotypes. It's time for Braintree to be on the right side of history. UPDATED TO INCLUDE OFFICIAL STATEMENT The following is a script that was read at the Braintree School Committee meeting on the night of June 29th, 2020. It was presented by the group A Better Braintree, a community organization who is focused on working with its local government and education system to make it’s classrooms and neighborhoods a more inclusive community. First off, I’m grateful to be here and grateful for the opportunity to share why the community needs to move past its current mascot. I first want to say that we are coming from a place of growth, one line that we’ve spent a lot of time considering is “Normalize changing your opinion when presented with new information”. To Braintree, the Wamp is supposed to symbolize pride, resilience, and community. Whether it’s sports teams or murals, the Wamp head feels like a central figure in our collective upbringing. Say the phrase “WAMP PRIDE” to any alum and a rush of nostalgia washes over them. So the very idea of removing the Wamp often gets received as a shock to your identity. Being a Wamp means something to a lot of people. But what is it about those four letters and that design that make us feel that way? Does the feathered headdress remind you of pride? Is it something about words that start with the letter W that really bring a community together? No. What brings us together were the first days of school at Morrison or Flaherty or Highlands, it was BYB games in the East Middle School gym, and varsity matches and graduation ceremonies on Memorial Field. The Wamp was never “a central figure in our collective upbringing,” it was just along for the ride. I used to think the Wamp was a pillar for my childhood, but I’m starting to realize it’s nothing more than ornamental. Once we realize that, it makes it a lot easier to think of what are the intentions behind our actions and what are the impacts of it. Not only does the American Psychological Association say mascots like ours cause a detriment to their respective community, but the very people we think we’re honoring have asked time and time again to stop. It’s time we move forward, and it’s time to change our mascot away from the Wamp. We, as a town, claim to be honoring Chief Wompatuck by using his name as our mascot. If we truly want to honor Chief Wompatuck, we must listen to local and national Indigenous communities. Faries Gray, the Chief of the Massachusett tribe and a descendent of Chief Wompatuck, has been speaking out against the Wamps mascot for years. In an interview with Wicked Local, Gray said “We’re not mascots, we’re not trophies. We’re a living, breathing people that’s still here.” He goes on to explain that in their culture, shortening a name is seen as disrespectful and that the Massachusett tribe does not find the mascot honorable. The NCAI, National Congress of American Indians, has directly called for an end to all mascots using Native American imagery and names, explaining “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.” Research on mascots like ours show that they give Native American students a limited sense of self, by minimizing their cultural identity to a headdress and some chats. By using the Wamp we are ultimately complicit in a nationwide suppression of those students' understanding of who they are and who they can grow up to be.. Instead of the Wamp mascot, the Massachusett tribe has asked for their ancestor to be honored through education of Indigenous history and modern issues, engaging in conversations with the tribe, and caring for the planet. In addition to these Indigenous groups, the American Psychological Association, American Sociological Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Education Association, National Collegiate Athletic Association, and U.S Commission on Civil Rights have all amplified Native voices, speaking out against the use of mascots featuring Native American imagery. From the time we are in elementary school, we’re taught about the golden rule. Treat others how you would like to be treated. By keeping this mascot, we’re going against the direct requests of Native communities, including Chief Wompatuck’s descendants. As a community, we have been breaking the golden rule that we’ve been taught to live by for generations.
Petition to Montgomery County School Board
Rename Confederate named schools in Montgomery, Alabama.
Robert E. Lee High School, Sidney Lanier High School, and Jefferson Davis High School are three predominantly Black schools located in the historic city of Montgomery, Alabama, home to the Civil Rights Movement. These schools are named after three Confederate leaders who believed slavery was a moral act and that African-Americans were inferior strictly due to their complexion. As a former Montgomery Public Schools student I have always wondered how students were expected to excel while attending a school named after individuals who supported the enslavement and mistreatment of their ancestors. It is now time for us to come together as a community and demand these schools be renamed. There is no longer a place for Confederate beliefs in our society so why should our schools be named after them? I ask that you sign and share this petition and help us take the first step towards a brighter future!