Take Em ALL Down: Remove Every Confederate Symbol in America
Update: Since we've begun our campaign to remove every memorial to the Confederacy from the United States in America we have seen monuments to white supremacy and treason in the name of slavery come down in Baltimore and more people organizing to tear them down across the nation. We've also seen a call to remove the monuments to men who fought the United States to be removed from the Capitol Hill Statuary Hall and Senator Cory Booker is introducing a resolution in the Senate demanding these statues are removed as well. We're seeing the nation lurching towards working to confront its past in light of the election of Trump who has come out to defend the Confederacy and white supremacy but praising the "culture" of men like Lee who fought against the nation in the name of preserving chattel slavery. We know we must keep organizing because the reactionary forces of white supremacy will not stop. Join us and sign the pledge to act to remove symbols of the Confederacy across the nation.
Friday night white nationalists marched through Charlottesville communities and the University of Virginia campus, rallying around a statue of the Confederacy and carrying torches evoking a history of violent racial terrorism. The next day in Charlottesville they killed in the name of their white supremacist symbols. Protesters were rammed by a car killing someone in a terrorist attack. Emboldened by Trump and compelled to act by the movement to remove these symbols of hate white supremacists are now acting violently to intimidate us from removing these symbols of white supremacy.
Since Dylann Roof massacred churchgoers at Mother Emanuel AME, we have been organizing around the nation to remove symbols of the Confederacy from any place of honor in America. In response, white supremacists are rallying around Confederate statues and using them as a pretext to commit terrorism and murder. White supremacists terrorists must not stop us from confronting and reckoning with the legacy of the Confederacy.
We cannot allow these white supremacist terrorists to intimidate us from confronting and working to dismantle systemic white supremacy. Confederate statues are more than a mere symbol of a heritage but instead, they are an assertion of the continued imposition of white supremacy and its current political power. Terrorists in Charlottesville understood this and were willing to kill in the name of this, we must be determined to persist in the face of this white supremacist terror.
We must work to end the influence of today's White supremacists, removing all Confederate statues would be one step among many in sending the message that we are no longer honoring white supremacy at a societal level. We've already seen progress in Tampa and New Orleans, where Confederate symbols are being removed by Black-led organizing in the face of sustained white supremacist opposition. Join with me today and pledge to work to remove all Confederate statues in America.
Here is the Petition:
We cannot allow these terrorists to stop our work. We must take down the symbols of the Confederacy from any place of honor. Confederate statues must be rightfully recognized as a symbol of white supremacy and its current political power. Terrorists in Charlottesville were willing to kill in the name of their symbols, we must be determined to persist in the face of this white supremacist terror. Take em ALL down!