Remove Robert E. Lee Statue and Confederate Monuments From Charlottesville

Target: Mike Signer, Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia

Goal: Remove the Robert E. Lee statue from a town park, and ensure removal of all local monuments supporting white supremacy.

A white nationalist rally resulted in violence and death in Charlottesville, all for the sake of preserving statues of Confederate soldiers representing white supremacy and hate. Neo-Nazism, prejudice and discrimination, and the oppression of minorities must be dismantled, not allowed and encouraged by the government and other institutions. In order to do that, all symbols and monuments that support and perpetuate hatred and oppression must be removed.

The rally in Charlottesville escalated to a horrifying level, with white supremacists chanting slogans like “blood and soil,” and  “white lives matter.” In a clear act of domestic terrorism, a car mowed down a group of anti-racist protesters, injuring many and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The statues that the perpetrators of this violence are so determined to maintain are representative of the system of white supremacy. Demand that the government of Charlottesville stand against racism, anti-Semitism, oppression, and violence by removing all monuments and symbols that validate them.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Signer,

Following the tragic death of Heather Heyer and the terrifying violence and hate displayed at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, a stand must be taken against oppression. Symbols that lift up and honor this oppression—such as the statue of Robert E. Lee and all other local Confederate monuments—must be taken down.

As an elected leader, you have a responsibility to all of the residents of Charlottesville. It is your duty to fight discrimination, racism, and anti-Semitism, and show all of the people you represent that you will defend their rights. I thank you for changing your original position and deciding to support the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue. I support moving forward with that decision and hope you will work to ensure that all other similar local monuments are also taken down.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Billy Hathorn

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12 Comments

  1. it’s time to put the Civil War where it belongs – in ythe past. Please remove the statue, and update history.

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    no more excuses of war and slavery!

  3. By denying and removal of these monuments you forget the past and some of the good. If you remove some civil war monuments you have to remove all north and south.to forget the past we are destined to repeat the mistakes of the past. Remember that.

    • Diane Petrillo Diane Petrillo says:

      Eloquently put. Things have happened that were bad but it’s a part of history. This world is getting a little freaky.

  4. I will not sign this.
    This is stupid.
    I’m not a racist but this is ridiculous

  5. I will not sign this crap, this IS our history good or bad. We should never forget our history as we are doomed to repeat it over and over again.

  6. Linda Green says:

    This a waste of my time and a slap in the face to my ancestors. I am glad the South did not win but I still love my history.

  7. Yes. And replace it with a statue memorializing Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates.

  8. While this may not be the popular opinion, I don’t believe that removing historical statues which represent our nations past (both good and bad) is the best way to deal with all the controversy. As an example, there is a reason why many of the Nazi concentration camps from WWII still stand – i.e. to remind generations to come of what happened and why it can never be allowed to happen again. We can’t change the past and we shouldn’t try to hide it either. In other words, while there are a lot of good things that people can say about America, it isn’t ALL good. Reminding those alive today and teaching future generations about both the “good” and “bad” aspects of our history is important. Just sayin’ ….

  9. I’m amazed at the ignorance of those who want our history to disappear. Of course, history is not taught in schools any more so I shouldn’t be surprised. Kids, and adults alike ( as evidenced by a couple of the comments here ) have no concept of the North/South conflict, it’s causes, and it’s repercussions. Shame on the people who would erase our history.

  10. What a moronic petition.Leave the statues alone.

  11. the Liberals are the problem. they have organized these groups to go to the r
    rallies and cause trouble.they are so determined to cause tear this country apart. if they don’t like it here in America then go to a communist country,or to Africa where you don’t have any rights. Our country is a country of laws and freedoms that are meant for each and everyone of us. It is not for every-
    one to do as they please and not have any consequences. These are selfish,
    inconsiderate,law less people who don’t have any respect or consideration for others rights. It would be better if California did secede from the U.S and then they can live in a cesspool of their own making without blaming anyone but themselves.

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