Symbols of racial oppression, such as Confederate monuments or statues, cast a shadow on Black Americans every day. The school child playing in the local park, a dedicated soldier in a military base, or a newlywed couple in a courtroom, they are all subjected to imagery and community endorsements of racist symbols. It's time for a change. All Americans deserve a community in which everyone feels safe and welcome.
No Stone Left Unturned 2020
The Haunting Heritage Of The Confederacy
Many believe Confederate monuments commemorate Southern heritage and the fallen American soldiers of the past. While it would appear patriotic on the surface, these monuments reinforce racial oppression and national treason committed by the Confederate movement. The desire to preserve slavery was the cause for secession by Southern states, and their goal was to defeat the United States during the Civil War. Yet, over 1,700 Confederate monuments, statues, tributes, and memorials are located on public land throughout the country. Taxpayers have spent about $40M over the last ten years to preserve these monuments that nowadays are used to facilitate the narrative of hate groups such as the KKK, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazis, and others.
Taxpayers spent about $40M over the last 10 years to preserve Confederate monuments that nowadays are used by KKK, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups to reinforce their divisive narrative.
What They Don't Teach In Schools
Since the end of the Civil War, there has been a steady stream of Confederate monuments and statues erected in the U.S. However, most of them were constructed in two distinct periods to promote segregation and white supremacy. The first period was between the 1900s and 1920s when states started enacting Jim Crow laws to disenfranchise the newly freed Black Americans and re-segregate society. The other period occurred between the 1950s and 1960s when the civil rights movement was fighting to abolish segregation. Historians agree that those in power were trying to utilize the public space to convey their desired ideological stance. As Sanford Levinson wrote: “Art is, among other things, both the terrain of and often a weapon in the culture wars that course through societies. This is, of course, especially true of public art - the art chosen self-consciously by public institutions to symbolize the public order and to inculcate in its viewers' appropriate attitudes toward that order”.
“These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.” - Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor of New Orleans
It's time to do the right thing and start removing symbols of hate that block our nation's path to a better future. The removal of Confederate monuments is a "state's rights" issue. This means each Confederate monument's removal must be advocated with the appropriate City Councils, County Boards, or State Legislatures. That demands a robust network of civic leaders and local activists who can build strong grassroots movements across the entire nation. We must fight for a better America, America in which no one feels oppressed, disrespected, or unwelcome.
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