Target: Susan Hathaway, representative of the Virginia Flaggers
Goal: End all plans to erect Confederate flags along highways in Virginia.
Flags of the Confederate States of America could be erected all along Virginia’s interstate highways if a project launched by the “historical preservation” organization Virginia Flaggers is successful. The Confederate flag is one of the most recognizable symbols of American racism and oppression in our world today. Demand that the Virginia Flaggers abandon its efforts immediately.
The Confederate flag represents a failed state that was founded specifically to ensure that African Americans could be possessed as property. It’s precisely because of this history that it is so often embraced and waved by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations in our modern day and age.
The Virginia Flaggers, ostensibly, is not a racist organization like the KKK, but its “I-95 Battle Flag Project”—an effort to purchase as much land along Virginia’s Interstate 95 as possible so that Confederate flags can be raised on the highway—certainly blurs the lines. The organization says that it wants to do this to “protect our ancestors and our Heritage,” but it seems to forget that those ancestors were slave owners and that that “Heritage” is only that of racist white people.
Confederate flags belong in museums and history books as sober reminders of our nation’s shameful past, not proudly waved in a dishonorable attempt at historical whitewashing. Sign the petition below to demand that the Virginia Flaggers abandon its efforts to erect Confederate flags along Virginia’s highways at once.
Dear Ms. Hathaway,
I am writing you today regarding the Virginia Flaggers’ “I-95 Battle Flag Project.” It is a highly offensive effort that needs to be put to rest at once.
I do not understand how groups like yours continue to hold fast onto the Confederate flag in our day and age. It is the height of dishonor to ignore the problems with it and everything it represents and exalt it as some whitewashed symbol of “Southern pride.” It may be a symbol of your heritage, but your heritage was based on racism and white supremacy. The flag cannot be raised as a point of pride by you and your group without that history being raised with it—it is inherent to what it is and cannot be washed away.
Raising Confederate flags along the I-95 is disrespectful to every Virginian who is not white. That this needs to be pointed out to you at all is ridiculous. I demand that your organization abandon the I-95 Battle Flag Project at once.
[Your Name Here]
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