Target: William C. Powers, Jr., President of the University of Texas at Austin
Goal: Remove statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis on university campus.
Jefferson Davis, the historical president of the Confederate States of America, has been honored with a statue on the University of the Texas at Austin campus for a century. This is a shameless artifact of the state’s racist history. Demand that this statue be removed from the campus at once.
The full-body statue of the president of the Confederacy was erected at the University of Texas at Austin campus in the early 1900s. Its presence, and what it represents, has come under increasing fire from the student body, culminating in a student government vote in March advocating its removal.
Davis, and the Confederacy he led, represents white supremacy, racism, and slavery. Giving a statue of him an esteemed position on the university’s campus, when the man had no relation to Texas whatsoever except for the fact that Texas was a Confederate state, is nothing but an endorsement of the values that led the Confederacy to rise in rebellion.
The university administration has so far declined to act on the student government’s resolution to remove Davis’ statue. Sign the petition below to demand that the University of Texas at Austin immediately remove this symbol of slavery at once.
Dear President Powers,
I am writing you today regarding the statue of Jefferson Davis on your university’s campus. It is alarming that you and your administration has not yet acted to remove it following the resolution to do so from the school’s student government.
Davis was a man who led a rebellion fighting for nothing but the right of white people to own black people as property. That is a historical fact that cannot be erased. A monument to him on your campus reflects, at best, a refusal to acknowledge historical reality and, at worst, an endorsement of the ideals for which he stood. The common refrain that the Civil War was fought for “states’ rights” is a deliberate half-truth that obscures the fact that it was fought for states to continue to have the right to enforce legal slavery.
Unless slavery, white supremacy, and racism are values the University of Texas at Austin hold dear, it is disingenuous to include a statue of Davis on your campus. I demand that you comply with the resolution the student government recently passed and remove the statue from you campus immediately.
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Photo credit: Pieter Kulper