Addressing Racist History

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Petition to Gregg County Commissioners

REMOVE the Confederate statue in front of the Gregg County Courthouse

Together, we can remove this monument that represents the traitors, slavers, and white supremacists that put their life on the line in order to own other human beings.   Gov. Greg Abbott said removing Confederate monuments "won't erase our nation's past, and it doesn't advance our nation's future...” "Racist and hate-filled violence — in any form — is never acceptable, and as governor I have acted to quell it. My goal as governor is to eliminate the racist and hate-filled environment we are seeing in our country today.” The Daughters of the Confederacy, who have sponsored the monument, have made it their mission to keep the voices of traitors and white supremacists alive. Here is a quote from former Mayor Bodenheim.  "Men of the Confederacy in the name of the city of Longview, I bid you welcome to the fair city. You will find yourselves among your own people here, and every man, woman, and child within its boundaries stands back of me when I say we honor you beyond words. Your uniforms may be faded, but every thread of them speaks to us of glorious achievement and heroic endeavor, and I had rather have such a uniform to bequeath to my children as a legacy than the diamond bedecked regalia of the greatest king that ever graced a throne." "This Monument stands for the cause of liberty; it stands for the vindication of American manhood and American bravery; it represents the blood of a nation spent in a cause that to the Sons seemed worthy; it immortalizes Southern chivalry and Southern Womanhood, and do not ever go near it without lifting your hat, for you are standing on sacred ground." Do Confederate white supremacists and racists find their brothers and sisters in Longview, TX? Is this city a haven for those traitors? This county spits on the people whose families were sold throughout the South, whose blood was spilled and whose cries echoed off of the walls, those who were worked until their fingers bled and until they dropped dead, and those who were lynched in the trees by the so-called “Confederate heroes” that this county upholds so highly. Is this what Longview stands for? Is this what Gregg County stands for? Is this who we are? This monument belongs in a museum as an example to the future generations. This is what we will not tolerate. Together, we can show racists that they will not be praised here or anywhere. Not anymore.

Chelsea Laury
4,398 supporters
This petition won 5 days ago

Petition to Mayor Koch, John F. Keenan, Bruce J. Ayers, Tackey Chan, Ronald Mariano, Daniel J. Hunt

Change the Yakoo Mascot at NQHS

The mascot of North Quincy High School is the Yakoo, an offensive caricature that stereotypes Native American culture. The Yakoo came to be when Dr. Allan Yacubian attended NQHS. It was created in 1957 when a fellow student drew the caricature of him as part of a contest for a new mascot. Ironically, Dr. Yacubian is of Armenian descent. Dr. Yacubian has been a longtime booster of school programs and a great contributor for college scholarships for Quincy students.  We want to remove the Yakoo from North Quincy because of its racial implications. The removal of the Yakoo is not meant to take from away the significance of Dr. Yacubian's contributions but rather to bring light and awareness to the harmful racial stereotypes American culture has long associated with Native Americans. It is hypocritical of QPS officials to say that they have been listening to concerns brought on social media about racism in our school systems and wanting to move forward with positive change when they refused to remove the Yakoo, a strong representation of racist and harmful stereotypes. In order to build a safe, supportive, and inclusive school community that promotes respect, diversity, and equality, it is important that we reflect on how the Yakoo continues to be an ignorant and hurtful representation of the Quincy Public Schools community. We need to move forward for positive change rather than blindly hold onto harmful "traditions."

Annie Lu
12,398 supporters