Topic

White Supremacy

48 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to Mark Schlissel, University of Michigan Regents

Refuse Richard Spencer's Request to Speak at the University of Michigan

President Schlissel and the Board of Regents, We are petitioning in regards to Richard Spencer’s request to speak on campus. As students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the University, we are appalled by the idea that someone who openly identifies as a white nationalist could find a platform at this University, and strongly oppose his request to speak here. We understand that the University must abide to the 1st Amendment and allow everyone their freedom of speech. However, there is a clear line between free speech and hate speech that Spencer is perpetually across. His sentiments include advocating for a White-Ethno State through “peaceful ethnic cleansing.” While this may seem like Spencer exercising his 1st Amendment rights, it is far more than that. These pervasive sentiments, expressed to his millions of supporters, serve to empower the same groups who wrote the n-word on West Quad doors, spray painted “Free Dylann Roof” on downtown buildings, and posted flyers claiming Black intellectual inferiority to white people. On a macro level, they were the driving forces behind slavery and the Holocaust - and one of the core reasons why the systematic and institutional oppressions of racism have been upheld and propagated for so long. If you choose to ignore this history, and allow him to speak, you are only aiding this system. The current statement by the university, from Rick Fitzgerald, is that "the university will carefully consider this request, paying close attention to the safety and security of our community.” Spencer has a very public track record, and clear oppressive views that he is willing to, and has, acted on in cities like Charlottesville and Gainesville. If the safety and security of our community is being centered, then there should be no question in regards to him not being welcome at the University. We urge you to show support for people of color, queer, trans, immigrant, disabled, Indigenous, Black, Muslim, and Jewish community members who are the targets of Spencer’s white supremacist platform. If you cared about these marginalized community members, you would deny his request, as well as explicitly state and show us that this campus is actively taking steps to fight white supremacy. As you’ve stated, “racism and bigotry in all its forms have no place at the University of Michigan. I denounce these and any expressions of hate at our university." Yet, for 200 years, this University has allowed racist incidents to occur on this campus without consequence. If we truly want to be the ‘Leaders & Best,’ we would follow in the footsteps of Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Louisiana State University, and say NO to Spencer’s request. If you truly want racism to have no place on this campus, someone who is lauded by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and other extremist, racist groups should likewise have no place at UofM to spread his harmful ideologies. (Original text from students, Gabe Coleman and Hoai An Pham) 

Armaity Minwalla
6,274 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Timothy Sands & Bernice Hausman

Reject white supremacy at Virginia Tech

As former graduate students in the English Department at Virginia Tech, we were disturbed and horrified to hear that Mark Neuhoff, a current English MA student & English composition teacher, is an avowed white supremacist. We were even more disturbed to see how the department, and the university as a whole, have handled the complaints lodged against Mark. As graduates of VT’s English Department and former graduate teaching assistants, we’re deeply disappointed by the lack of leadership, accountability, and compassion we’ve seen in the university’s response to white supremacy on campus. University administrators have the privilege and responsibility of creating an inclusive campus for all students. That means acknowledging the fear that students and colleagues of color feel when they’re faced with a white supremacist on campus. It means taking real action to mitigate that fear. It means being willing to step up and speak out against white supremacy. We stand with students who are protesting Mark Neuhoff’s continued employment with the English Department. It’s long past time to take real action. We want to see Bernice Hausman, Timothy Sands, and other university administrators respond to these concerns with the gravity they warrant and remove Mark Neuhoff from his teaching position. Silence is tacit approval. At a moment in history when racist ideology is an ever-growing threat to people of color in our country, you are in the unique and privileged position of having the power to take REAL action to protect students of color. Protecting these students is not only your privilege, but your responsibility. We want to see increased transparency about actions the university is taking to protect Jewish students and students of color, and we want to the university offer a clear, unequivocal rejection of Mark Neuhoff’s views. We also want to see you do the right thing and reject white supremacy on Virginia Tech’s campus by taking action to remove Mark Neuhoff from his teaching position. To read more about Mark Neuhoff and the university's response, please see our post on Medium here.

Grad alumni VT
5,014 supporters
Update posted 2 months 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
746 supporters