Denounce KKK-Style Confederate Rally

Target: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

Goal: Condemn the KKK-style rally held in Charlottesville to protest removal of Confederate monuments.

Protesters holding torches recently held a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of Confederate monuments in the city. This issue has been gaining traction in several Southern states recently. Those who participated in the rally reportedly used tactics that were remarkably similar to those used by the KKK in the white supremacist group’s demonstrations.

The protesters were led by white supremacist Richard Spencer. They numbered in the dozens and gathered in a park to take a stand against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue there. Along with holding torches, the protesters were heard chanting, “Russia is our friend,” “You will not replace us,” and the phrase “blood and soil,” which is attributed to far-right nationalist groups.

The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, has begun removing Confederate monuments, but because of possible violence, workers have been doing so in the middle of the night while wearing bulletproof vests. The intimidating behavior exhibited by the Charlottesville protesters must be condemned by leaders in Virginia.

Add your name to the petition below to ask that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe condemn this rally.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor McAuliffe,

Recently, white supremacist Richard Spencer led a rally in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. Protesters held torches, chanted, and used intimidating tactics that Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer said “harkens back to the days of the KKK.”

As you know, the removal of Confederate monuments has been met with backlash that is entirely racist in nature. In New Orleans, Confederate monuments are being removed from the city in the middle of the night, and the workers removing them are wearing bulletproof vests and face masks to protect themselves from possibly violent retaliation from residents. The Confederacy is a symbol of oppression and the painful history of slavery, and the KKK itself was formed as a result of the Confederacy losing the Civil War.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer has publicly condemned the recent rally, and I ask that you do the same in order to send a message across all of Virginia that this kind of intimidation will not be tolerated. In this increasingly dangerous political climate, it is more important than ever that leaders speak out against racial injustice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Edward Kimmel

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