Addressing Racist History
Petition to Tennessee State House, Tennessee State Senate, Bill Lee
REPLACE ALL CONFEDERATE STATUES IN TENNESSEE WITH DOLLY PARTON
Tennessee is littered with statues memorializing confederate officers. History should not be forgotten, but we need not glamorize those who do not deserve our praise. Instead, let us honor a true Tennessee hero, Dolly Parton. Aside from her beautiful music, which has touched the hearts and lives of millions of Americans, Dolly Parton's philanthropic heart has unquestionably changed the world for the better. From the Dollywood foundation that has provided books and scholarships to millions of American children, to the millions of dollars she has donated to dozens of organizations such as the Red Cross and COVID-19 research centers, Dolly Parton has given more to this country and this state than those confederate officers could ever have hoped to take away. Let's replace the statues of men who sought to tear this country apart with a monument to the woman who has worked her entire life to bring us closer together.
Petition to Fresno Unified School District, Fresno Unified School District Board of Trustees
Change Fresno High School's Mascot
65% of ALL Native People oppose the use of Native mascots.Literally THOUSANDS of Native voices have fought the use of Native mascots since 1968. This is OUR fight. Our Native People have decidedly spoken out against this gross misuse of our culture.The Yokuts People inhabited the specific land that Fresno High sits on before that land was taken through genocide, systemic racism and oppression. The use of generic Native imagery as a mascot has not only caused pain to many Natives in the community, it reinforces archaic and racist ideas about Native Americans as violent savages from a bygone era. Images like this have forced many Natives to live in silent shame, to hide from their beautiful culture, due to a misguided effort to honor our People. The Fresno High area is rich with tradition; from its lush neighborhoods, to the beautiful Tower District area, Christmas Tree Lane, to its famous alumni. The Warrior spirit of that community comes from its willingness to love, build, and sustain a sense of community. The Warrior model should be explored through a modern angle that better reflects REAL traditions. The "tradition" of racist and insensitive imagery should no longer be tolerated by a community and city that has made strides in recent weeks to change its image when it comes to systemic racism and oppression. IT CAN BE DONE! According to data: "In the period from 1970 until about 2000, some 600 of 2,500 institutions using such (Native American) designations made changes (Blankenship 2001: 455)." This is an OLD issue that needs a fresh, and NEW look.As a Yokuts man I ask that you help us CHANGE THE MASCOT.Change the #FresnoHighMascotChange every #NativeMascotWe are #NotYourMascot#FUSD
Petition to Shrewsbury Public Schools, Shrewsbury High School, Shrewsbury School Department, Superintendent
Change the Shrewsbury High School Mascot to Something That’s NOT Racially Insensitive
In this time of momentous change across the nation and even the world, a place where we might start to raise consciousness in Shrewsbury is with the high school’s mascot. The United States came about as citizens rose up against the colonial empire and the 13 colonies became the states of a new independent country. The Massachusetts Bay Colony was a giant corporation that recruited poor people to exploit the resources in this “new world” and send the wealth back to England. Colonialism with its slavery, servitude, and distruction of indigenous populations, is nothing to be proud of. Do we ever hear words like colonial or colonialism used in a good light? What we hear on the news about the countries that many Shrewsbury students come from is that they are trying to heal from their “colonial past”. It’s about time we understand the appearance of Shrewsbury students wearing a logo that looks perilously close to European and therefore white dominance. Why would we want to honor the enemies of democracy and American independence? As of right now, 37 schools in MA that have racially insensitive and even insulting mascots, are considering changing their names. The time is NOW for us to wake up to racial insensitivity, to recognize we occupy the land where Native Americans once thrived, and confront a history of inequality. Our school must consider that the Shrewsbury “Colonials” sounds a lot like the “white supremacists”. Let’s make a new and inclusive identity that represents the evolving Shrewsbury.
Petition to Governor Doug Ducey
Remove the Confederate Monument from the Arizona State Capitol
The cornerstone of the Confederacy was slavery. Monuments that honor Americans who picked up arms against the United States and in defense of slavery are an insult to every African American, past and present. This monument, like many other Confederate monuments, was funded by the Daughters of the Confederacy, which promotes rewriting Civil War history. For over 100 years, this organization has worked to gain sympathy for slave owners and those who who supported slavery by placing monuments, renaming streets and highways, and promoting the “Lost Cause.” It is well past the time to remove this monument!
Petition to City of Monroe, Monroe City School Board
Change the name of Robert E Lee Junior High School
Robert E Lee Junior High school is located in Monroe, Louisiana. This petition is to show support for changing the name of this school.Over the last few years, white supremacist violence connected to Confederate monuments and symbols has prompted many people to ask for the removal of these monuments and renaming of schools honoring Confederate leaders. Robert E Lee Junior High School has an average black student population of over 50%. It is time to step into the 21st Century and leave the ideals of the Confederacy behind. Most Confederate monuments and naming of schools were done during the Jim Crow Era as a message that the South will hold the ideals of the Confederacy. Robert E. Lee was a confederate general who fought for the causes of human slavery. We firmly believe that a school's name should honor a person that the students can admire and aspire to be, not a shameful historic figure and possible cause of trauma for the Black community.
Petition to CUSD Board President
Replace Padre Mascot!
With the recent removal of statues, memorials, and mascots with racist roots throughout the United States, we feel it is time for Californians to reappraise our history and the figures we take pride in. CHS has a great opportunity and responsibility to lead the way in our community by acknowledging and honoring the unjust and shameful treatment of Indigenous people of California, here on the Monterey Peninsula. It is clear that the time is now to remove the Padre as Carmel High School's mascot. Not only is the Padre an obviously Catholic figure being used as a mascot in a public school (which is problematic in its own right), but it also represents the enslavement and genocide of local Indigenous people and their cultures. As three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Elias Castillo writes, “Locked within the missions is a terrible truth -- that they were little more than concentration camps where California’s Indians [Indigenous people of California] were beaten, whipped, maimed, burned, tortured and virtually exterminated by the friars”. We are all familiar with the widely revered Padre Junipero Serra — Carmel even honors him with his very own street downtown. The unfortunate reality is that he was responsible for creating a regimen so harsh that over 60,000 Indigenous people lost their lives and several small tribes fell to extinction. Should we really be cheering on the Padre, a historical figure that devastated an entire civilization of Indigenous people? What kind of message is that sending to the young people we are trying to raise up and educate to become responsible, intelligent, and inclusive individuals? Please sign and urge the CUSD to replace the Padre mascot!
Petition to Judge Paul Pape, Mel Hamner, Clara Beckett, Mark Meuth, Donna Snowden
Remove the Confederate Monuments from Bastrop County Property
Let’s demand the removal of the Confederate Monuments standing on the grounds of the Bastrop County Courthouse, in Bastrop Texas. The monuments are engraved with two crossed confederate flags on one side and the words of a Confederate war song “Lest we Forget” on the other. They were established by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1910 to honor Confederate soldiers from Bastrop County who fought in the war against civil rights. These monuments were set on the lawn to memorialize the history of the confederacy. As it was stated, to cherish the heritage of southern blood and southern chivalry. The United Daughters of the Confederate supported white supremacy, the Ku Klux Klan, and the altering of textbooks to change the narrative around slavery. Confederate monuments were built and given places of honor in public spaces. These symbols of white supremacy have always been memorials to the cause of slavery and the denial of humanity to Black people. Now they are being weaponized to rally white supremacists. We have the power to diffuse these modern-day lynch mobs by removing these statues altogether, instead of giving white supremacists a rally point. The intent of this petition is to request that Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape and the commissioners of the court: Mel Hamner, Clara Beckett, Mark Meuth, and Donna Snowden, immediately remove all Confederate monuments from all County properties in Bastrop County; including but not limited to, the two confederate monuments currently located on the Bastrop County Courthouse grounds. These monuments are a representation of the pain, affliction and oppression inflicted upon Black Americans. We are at a time in history where we should be promoting equity for all, and denouncing all forms of racism that poison our communities. Removing all Confederate monuments would be one step among many in sending the message that we are no longer honoring white supremacy at a societal level. Join with me today and pledge to support the removal of all Confederate monuments and symbols from the greater Bastrop County communities. HELP US TAKE THEM DOWN!
Petition to Manhasset residents, Manhasset alumni, and Manhasset youth
Manhasset High School Should Change The Racist Mascot
Even as a young child in the early 1990s attending Munsey Park Elementary school, I knew that the Manhasset High School mascot, the Indians, was immoral. I graduated from Manhasset High School in 2004, and thought that as some time passed, the mascot would change. It never happened. Therefore, we all need to take initiative to ensure it is changed, once and for all. During my 13 years of education in the Manhasset school district, I was taught to think critically and to honor and value diversity and inclusion. I was taught to have empathy towards oppressed peoples by the wonderful educators I was taught by during my academic career at Manhasset. Simply put, having a mascot that appropriates indigenous peoples is incongruent with the values I was taught in the Manhasset Public Schools. To prove how wrong this mascot is, consider a mascot called the Blacks, the Jews, the Caucasians, the Asians, image and all? If it sounds completely ridiculous and offensive, it is because it is. There’s no way to justify the mascot as it is. It is especially offensive given that the school has little contact with indigenous populations, and a community of predominately and historically white people have appropriated the mascot. I am sure that this petition will be met with, “...but it’s tradition.” Lots of things used to be considered moral, lawful, and legal in the United States, including lobotomy, segregation, texting and driving, smoking anywhere you pleased, the list goes on. However, as you can see from this list, societal norms shift and change. What was once acceptable, no longer is. The Indian mascot is no longer justifiable in 2020. Does having a mascot that is a racist trope offend you? It should. The time for change is now. The new mascot should be left to vote for the Manhasset community. Please sign and share if you agree. Read more about the psychological harms of Indian mascots to indigenous populations from the American Psychological Association: https://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/indian-mascots