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Confederate Monuments

153 petitions

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Petition to Warren County Board of Supervisors, The Honorable Walter Mabe - Chairman, The Honorable Cheryl Culler - Vice Chair, The Honorable Tony Carter, The Honorable Archie Fox, Ben Cline, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Mark D. Obenshain, Michael Webert, C. Todd Gilbert, NAACP Warren County Chapter, Front Royal Town Council, Delores Oates

Remove and Relocate the Confederate Memorial in Warren County, Virginia

As a young Black man, a retired U.S. Navy Veteran, the Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of Front Royal Unites, a resident of Front Royal and Warren County, Virginia I am asking that we all come together to take action regarding the Confederate War memorial located on public property - the Warren County Courthouse. I urge you to support this petition because one day in the future they'll look back to see what we did - the time to act is now, not later. Will you help bring about good and positive change? Let's do it together. Together we are united. Together we are Front Royal.    ------ On July 1, 2020, all localities in Virginia were given the authority to use their power to relocate or contextualize Confederate statues. This new law passed in Virginia helps make our state more equitable, just, and inclusive. Senate Bill 183 and House Bill 1537 effectively overturn Virginia's prohibition on the removal of Confederate War Memorials. 22 days has passed, again, the time to act is now and not later.  We must show other citizens of not only Warren County, but the Shenandoah County, the citizens of Virginia, and the nation at large that we give no safe harbor to such hatred. We must support the removal of the Confederate monument at the Warren County courthouse. Confederate symbols  on public land, in effect, endorse a movement founded on white supremacy. If our government continue to pay homage to the Confederacy, people of color can never be sure they will be treated fairly. And we will never solve our community's problems if an entire group of citizens is alienated or feels targets for discrimination. Confederate symbols belong in museums and on private property. In museums, we can learn about their full history. Citizens will always have the right to fly the Confederate flag. They can still erect monuments on their own property. That will not change. But it is past time to move our monument to an appropriate place. As a signer of this petition, we urge the removal and relocation, and ask others of authority in Warren County (Front Royal alike) to support such action without delay. We the undersigned propose the local county government do any of the following: 1) Relocate the Confederate War memorial at the courthouse to a museum.  2) Relocate the Confederate War memorial to a cemetery. (Example: Prospect Hill Cemetery) 3) Remove the Confederate War memorial and return it to the Daughters of the Confederacy. 4) Create a small committee made up of residents to formulate proposals of additional locations, not to extend 30 days and not used to delay the ultimate removal of the Confederate War memorial at the courthouse.   Regardless of how the county chooses to proceed one thing is clear -  the statue must be removed, relocated, or given back. We, the undersigned, believe it is only right to take action now.              

Samuel Porter
2,235 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Dr. E. Casey Wardinski, the Assistant Secretary of The Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs),

Petition to Rename Fort Benning in honor of Lieut. Henry Flipper

Fort Benning honors the Confederate general, Henry Lewis Benning, who devoted himself to the premise that 'coloreds' were not human and could never be trusted with full citizenship. Benning was one of the Confederate's most forceful advocates of secession to protect States' right to own slaves. Benning warned that the abolition of slavery would one day lead to the horror of "black governors, black legislatures, black juries, black everything." Abolition, he said, would place white womanhood at the mercy of negros, with the same rights as white people. "We will be completely exterminated…and the land will be left in the possession of the blacks, and then it will go back into a wilderness." Every year, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point honors a cadet who succeeds in the face of great hardship. The award is named for Lieut. Henry O. Flipper, the first African American graduate of the Academy, as well as the first black to become an officer in the U.S. Army. Lieut. Flipper represents the strength, values, and diversity of African American military heroes and uniquely, is the only former slave being considered for the honor. As a soldier, Lt. Flipper was a trailblazer who, despite the overwhelming resistance he faced, cleared the path for others who, until then, had been barred from fully serving in the military. He was born a slave in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1856. He was the fifth African-American to enter West Point, and in 1877, became the first to graduate. He endured unremitting racial ostracism from his fellow cadets during his West Point years. He went on to become the first African-American officer to command units of the U.S. Calvary -- the legendary "Buffalo Soldiers," who served in the Western territories. He was tested in battle. As an Army engineer, he designed and constructed "Flipper's Ditch," a system that drained the malarial swamps around Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, and saved many lives. No other Army engineer assigned to this task had been able to accomplish it. Lt. Flipper's work is still in use today -- over 100 years after its construction. In 1975, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated "Flipper's Ditch," a National Historic Landmark. Flipper was dismissed from the Army in 1882 after a court-martial, for conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. His court-martial and dismissal have long been seen as a grave miscarriage of justice. Indeed, some military historians describe Lt. Flipper's treatment as having left an " ugly scar " on the military justice system. Henry Flipper went on to distinguish himself in a variety of governmental and private engineering positions. Flipper became a recognized expert regarding Spanish and Mexican land mining laws. He was frequently consulted as an expert on these subjects, and he became an interpreter of Mexican law and Spanish translator for a Senate subcommittee studying the impact of the Mexican Revolution on American economic interests. He was frequently consulted as an expert on these subjects, including in cases involving him appearing in front of the United States Supreme Court. Flipper spent time in Mexico, at times consulting the Mexican government, and on returning to the United States, he served as an adviser to Senator Albert Fall on Mexican politics. When Senator Fall became Secretary of the Interior in 1921, he brought Flipper with him to Washington, D.C., to serve as his special assistant. From 1893 to 1901, he worked for the U. S. Department of Justice as a special agent for the Court of Private Land Claims. His post-military accomplishments would be considered amazing over-achievements, even for a Caucasian who did not have to contend with the bigotry and racism that Flipper experienced.  Throughout the balance of his life, Henry Flipper maintained that he was innocent of the charges that that warranted his dismissal from the Army (although, he admitted to the deceit). Flipper made numerous attempts to have his conviction reversed and to be reinstated to his commission as an officer. He made frequent trips to Washington DC in that quest. Friends and fellow officers testified in supported his efforts, and congressmen spoke on his behalf, all to no avail. His Congressional supporters in The House of Representatives introduced legislation, in a failed attempt to reinstate his commission. Lieut. Henry O. Flipper eventually retired in 1934, during the Great Depression, after his unsuccessful attempts to find civilian or government employment that valued his unique expertise. Flipper did not possess any savings, so he moved in with Atlanta relatives, where he lived the last years of his life in a mostly solitary existence. Flipper died as a pauper at age 84 with the stain of his Court-Marshal and remaining on his reputation. On May 5, 1940, Flipper was found dead of a heart attack in his bedroom and was buried in a segregated cemetery in an unmarked grave. After Flipper was granted a posthumous honorable discharge, his body was exhumed and reburied in the Old Magnolia Cemetery in Thomasville. Flipper’s body was carried to his new gravesite in a mule-drawn wagon with a riderless horse, attended by a crowd estimated to be around 500, with family members and dignitaries from the U.S. Army, West Point, and the Georgia government who followed an honor guard from Fort Benning and which featured a 21-gun salute. President William Jefferson Clinton pardoned Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper in a White House ceremony attended by Flipper’s descendants and military dignitaries. Flipper was the first American in history to be posthumously pardoned. In pardoning Flipper, the President recognized an error in his treatment and acknowledged his lifetime accomplishments. The event came 59 years after his death and 117 years after the young lieutenant had been dismissed from the United States Army. Lieut. Flipper represents the strength, values, and diversity of African American military heroes and uniquely, is the only former slave being considered for the honor of having Fort Benning renamed for him.    

Lieut. Henry Flipper Lives!, Inc.
1,060 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

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. https://youtu.be/dOkFXPblLpU 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