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Confederate Monuments

74 petitions

Update posted 23 hours ago

Petition to Salisbury City Council

Save the Fame Statue in Salisbury.

With this recent political wave to remove all things that offend someone I hope you will stand with the many who want the Fame Confederate Statue in Salisbury NC to remain. This statue represents the men who died fighting for a war that the state lawmakers voted to fight. The state lawmakers voted to succeed from Union not the men who fought the war. These brave men died fighting not because they wanted to protect slavery but because their state voted to succeed. Less than 3 percent of them men who fought even owned slaves themselves.  Keeping this statue honors our Veterans. If this comes down, who is next? Congress states Confederate Soldiers are legal veterans.  By Public Law 85-425, May 23, 1958 (H.R. 358) 72 Statute 133 states – “(3) (e) for the purpose of this section, and section 433, the term ‘veteran’ includes a person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, and the term ‘active, military or naval service’ includes active service in such forces.” As a result of this law the last surviving Confederate Veteran received a U.S. Military pension until his death in 1959, and from that day until present, descendants of Confederate veterans have been able to receive military monuments to place on graves from the Veteran’s Administration for their ancestors. A Confederate Veteran should therefore be treated with the same honor and dignity of any other American veteran. I asked the City Council to keep the Fame Statue to honor these men and to help us learn from our history. Whether you feel this war was  good or bad, it is to be embraced, not deleted from our minds and history classes.  When history is forgotten, removed, or ignored it is bound to repeat itself.  This is what a small minority of people want, to brainwash everyone leaving them with no true facts.  This nation learned from its victories as well as its failures, and tearing down monuments and taking away everything that has made us great is a disservice to us all.

Chadwick Kluttz
5,271 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Franklin Township - Warren County, Traci Stivers, Beth Callahan, Ronald Ruppert, Brian Morris

Remove Confederate Monument of Robert E. Lee from the city of Franklin, OH

To the city and Township of Franklin, OH, In the wake of violent racism recently in Charlottesville, VA, and continuous racial violence, it is clear that Confederate monuments should not have any space for them to be celebrated. Ohio is a northern state known for fighting against the Confederacy during the civil war, yet it currently honors Robert E. Lee in a public space on the corner of Dixie Highway and Hamilton-Middletown Rd. Many residents in this state and country do not feel safe due to racial violence, and these monuments cause additional and unnecessary pain.  This monument was put in place to celebrate a man that was known for commanding the Confederate army, and supported the continuation of slavery. Lee himself was a slave owner, and we have a responsibility to confront that fact and the evil that he fought to maintain. The mayor and city of Franklin, Ohio has an opportunity to do the right thing and remove this monument as a small step towards racial healing.  We cannot come together as a country until we decide to stop celebrating these symbols of slavery and hate. History should never be forgotten, and these figures should instead be remembered in our history books and museums. They should instead serve as somber reminders of our past, not in the celebratory manner that this one currently does. Let us come together and demand this monument be removed.   

Jordan Etzel
722 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Douglas Southall Freeman High School, Mr. Andrew Mey, Dr. Patrick C. Kinlaw, Lisa A. Marshall

Remove the Rebel as Freeman High School's Mascot

       In light of recent events, I feel now more than ever that a change needs to be made. Freeman was founded in 1954, the year that desegregation of schools began in Virginia. One third of our school's population identifies as a minority. The Rebel no longer represents the school we are, and in many ways never did.         While many Freeman students are used to the mascot and see nothing wrong with it, others see a legacy of hate that does not line up with the diverse and accepting school we are. The mascot was made as a tribute to the Confederacy. When the school was founded, Dixie was the fight song, the mascot was a Confederate soldier called Rebel Man, and the Confederate flag was even flown frequently at games. While most of these racist displays have been removed, the Rebel name is alive and well.         I am a current student in the Leadership Center at Freeman, but I almost went to a different school because of the strong negative associations towards the Rebel name. I am certain that for each of those students like me who discovered how wonderful this school is by giving it a chance, there are those who missed that opportunity because they were repelled by the name. I face a strange dichotomy that I know many students face— I could not have more pride in being a Freeman student, but I feel ashamed every time I tell someone I am a Rebel.         The original Rebel Man logo still appears on some sports gear with the defense that sports gear is funded by boosters, not the school directly. The school admits that Rebel Man is offensive, yet some of our school sports teams proudly wear his image. These teams are drawn to the Rebel Man not with the desire to be racist or offensive, but simply because they so strongly desire a mascot. If the name could be changed from the Rebels then we could finally show our pride for our school without also giving credence to a racist symbol of the past. Imagine being able to cheer as a mascot took the field at games. A mascot that represents the entire student population with no racist imagery attached.        In the past, movements to change the name have been met with resistance, claiming that the Rebels isn't an offensive name. However, I hope that with all that has happened these past weeks in our own state, that we can see which side of history we would like to be on. For all who claim that the name is an honor to state history, I say we should instead focus on making our own history. Please sign this petition to remove the Rebel name from Douglas Southall Freeman High School.

Conor Battle
922 supporters