Target: Michael Hill, President of the League of the South
Goal: Cancel celebrations for the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination.
Celebrations will mark this year’s anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by the racist pro-slavery activist John Wilkes Booth, according to neo-Confederate organization the League of the South. Such events would make a mockery of racial equality and the lives lost to end slavery in America. Demand that the League of the South cancel its plans to celebrate Lincoln’s murder.
The League of the South is a Southern separatist neo-Confederate group that many consider to be rampantly white supremacist. According to its president, Michael Hill, the organization is planning to “mark the 150th anniversary of John Wilkes Booth’s execution of the tyrant Abraham Lincoln.” Though he did not specify what these “celebrations” would be, he did highlight a passage from Booth’s diary that read “Our country owed all her troubles to [Lincoln], and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment.” Hill then ended his announcement with a cryptic, “A century and a half after the fact, The League of the South thanks Mr. Booth for his service to the South and to humanity. Stay tuned…”
Any and all celebrations of Booth’s actions will, rightfully, be seen as racist and pro-slavery, and will motivate people to emulate his actions and assassinate other public officials to advance the “Southern cause.” Sign the petition below to demand that the organization cancel any and all plans it has to celebrate Lincoln’s assassination.
Dear Mr. Hill,
I am writing you today regarding the announcement you recently gave about your organization planning to celebrate, “in some form or fashion,” the 150th anniversary of John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. I demand you abandon any and all such plans without a second thought.
Your wholehearted approval of Booth, his actions, and the ideology behind them is alarming. While you claim that your organization does not support racism or slavery, your veneration of this man says the exact opposite. Booth was a racist radical who killed the President of the United States because he was upset that he wasn’t going to be allowed to own human beings anymore. His actions for a “free South” were motivated by nothing more than bigotry. Any attempt to separate the idyllic notion of a free South that your organization wants from the reality of Booth as a political actor will fail.
How do you plan on celebrating this anniversary? Are you going to lynch as many black people as you can find? Are you going to send someone to kill President Barack Obama? Like it or not, that is the legacy you are going to be venerating, and no protestations to the opposite will change that. I demand that you cancel all plans your organization has to celebrate the anniversary of Lincoln’s murder.
[Your Name Here]
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