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Addressing Racist History

632 petitions

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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!

Noelle Mosolf Smith and Rachel Mosolf And Evynn LeValley
2,125 supporters
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Petition to Judge Paul Pape, Mel Hamner, Clara Beckett, Mark Meuth, Donna Snowden

Remove the Confederate Monuments from Bastrop County Property

Let’s demand the removal of the Confederate Monuments standing on the grounds of the Bastrop County Courthouse, in Bastrop Texas. The monuments are engraved with two crossed confederate flags on one side and the words of a Confederate war song “Lest we Forget” on the other.  They were established by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1910 to honor Confederate soldiers from Bastrop County who fought in the war against civil rights.  These monuments were set on the lawn to memorialize the history of the confederacy.  As it was stated, to cherish the heritage of southern blood and southern chivalry.  The United Daughters of the Confederate supported white supremacy, the Ku Klux Klan, and the altering of textbooks to change the narrative around slavery.   Confederate monuments were built and given places of honor in public spaces.  These symbols of white supremacy have always been memorials to the cause of slavery and the denial of humanity to Black people. Now they are being weaponized to rally white supremacists. We have the power to diffuse these modern-day lynch mobs by removing these statues altogether, instead of giving white supremacists a rally point. The intent of this petition is to request that Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape and the commissioners of the court:  Mel Hamner, Clara Beckett, Mark Meuth, and Donna Snowden, immediately remove all Confederate monuments from all County properties in Bastrop County; including but not limited to, the two confederate monuments currently located on the Bastrop County Courthouse grounds. These monuments are a representation of the pain, affliction and oppression inflicted upon Black Americans.  We are at a time in history where we should be promoting equity for all, and denouncing all forms of racism that poison our communities.   Removing all Confederate monuments would be one step among many in sending the message that we are no longer honoring white supremacy at a societal level.  Join with me today and pledge to support the removal of all Confederate monuments and symbols from the greater Bastrop County communities.   HELP US TAKE THEM DOWN!

Cheryl Lee
9,173 supporters
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Petition to Manhasset residents, Manhasset alumni, and Manhasset youth

Manhasset High School Should Change The Racist Mascot

Even as a young child in the early 1990s attending Munsey Park Elementary school, I knew that the Manhasset High School mascot, the Indians, was immoral. I graduated from Manhasset High School in 2004, and thought that as some time passed, the mascot would change. It never happened.  Therefore, we all need to take initiative to ensure it is changed, once and for all. During my 13 years of education in the Manhasset school district, I was taught to think critically and to honor and value diversity and inclusion. I was taught to have empathy towards oppressed peoples by the wonderful educators I was taught by during my academic career at Manhasset.  Simply put, having a mascot that appropriates indigenous peoples is incongruent with the values I was taught in the Manhasset Public Schools.  To prove how wrong this mascot is, consider a mascot called the Blacks, the Jews, the Caucasians, the Asians, image and all?  If it sounds completely ridiculous and offensive, it is because it is.  There’s no way to justify the mascot as it is. It is especially offensive given that the school has little contact with indigenous populations, and a community of predominately and historically white people have appropriated the mascot.  I am sure that this petition will be met with, “...but it’s tradition.”  Lots of things used to be considered moral, lawful, and legal in the United States, including lobotomy, segregation, texting and driving, smoking anywhere you pleased, the list goes on. However, as you can see from this list, societal norms shift and change. What was once acceptable, no longer is. The Indian mascot is no longer justifiable in 2020.  Does having a mascot that is a racist trope offend you? It should. The time for change is now. The new mascot should be left to vote for the Manhasset community.  Please sign and share if you agree.  Read more about the psychological harms of Indian mascots to indigenous populations from the American Psychological Association:  https://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/indian-mascots

Jo Trigg
3,199 supporters