Confederate Monuments

Cleanse the Country of the Confederate Plague

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Your DGB for today is to help the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) update their Whose Heritage? Confederate symbol tracker.

Do you have a throwback monument to our country’s traitorous past in your town? The SPLC is compiling a comprehensive list of every Confederate plaque, statue, and memorial that exists today. Unfortunately, due to the rebranding the South was gifted post-Reconstruction, many of these symbols exist in some pretty weird places. And by weird we mean, not the Southeastern United States. Whether you are in California or Wisconsin, please keep your eyes open for these archaic icons. Because we can’t get rid of them if we don’t even know they are there.

Grab our public spaces back from racist traitors.

 

I Think You Better Sign this Petition… Sign It!

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Your DGB for today is to sign this petition to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas, TX to Erykah Badu Park.

A statue of Robert E. Lee was recently removed from a park in Dallas, TX, but the park is still named after Confederate General Lee. DGB wants to replace ALL confederate monuments, statues, and parks. So today we are just asking you to sign the petition to honor Dallas native Badu. If you happen to live in Texas, particularly Dallas, give your city council members a call. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robert-e-lee-park-erykah-badu_us_59cbae98e4b053a9c2f57003?section=us_black-voices

We think ya better call Dallas (call him)

And tell him come on, help you get your confederate shit.

 

Jobs! Put Statue-makers to Work Again

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Your DGB for today is to sign this petition to replace the Confederate statues in Portsmouth, Virginia with one of Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott.

If there is one good thing that’s come out of the white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, VA this month, it’s that public sentiment has finally turned against having statues in parks and government buildings that glorify the Confederacy, and all over the country these statues are being taken down. They should never have been put up in the first place, so this is long overdue. It’s only natural that we start to think about who should stand in their place. To be reminded of just why Missy is an excellent candidate to be memorialized thusly (and how unparalleled her style is), check out this article and photo-spread Elle magazine did on the hip-hop legend earlier this year.

After you’re done signing that petition, consider the Confederate statues in your own city. If there are no plans to take them down, call up your mayor and ask why, fortheloveofGod, NOT? If there are plans, consider starting your own petition for worthy replacements. Wouldn’t it be fitting and delightful, not to mention a big f-u to the Nazis, if all the General Lees and Stonewall Jacksons were replaced with statues of Black Americans? Yeah, we think so, too. Supa Dupa Fly.

 

Fire Karl Oliver

Your DGB for today is to donate to the NAACP in support of their calling for racist Karl Oliver to step down from the Mississippi state legislature.

In a May 17th Facebook post, Rep. Oliver (R-Winona) called for the lynching of Louisiana leaders who take down confederate monuments. Not only is the statement clearly racist, it is a direct threat to those Louisiana leaders who called for the monuments to be taken down. Oliver’s statements are an invitation to those who agree with him to cause bodily harm to Louisiana lawmakers, much like 45 did during his Presidential Election rallies when protesters annoyed him. 

Oliver’s Facebook post, which was later removed, read:

 

"The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific. If the, and I use this term extremely loosely, 'leadership' of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED! Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State."

 

Karl Oliver is a first time lawmaker, and the district that he presides over just so happens to include the town of Money, where, in 1955, Emmett Till was kidnapped and murdered. Oliver has apologized for his words, but we agree with the NAACP that a person who makes such divisive statements and threats should not be making laws. Support the NAACP and call for Karl Oliver to step down. If you can’t donate, feel free to contact his office and demand his resignation. 

 

Learning From History Without Celebrating It

Your DGB for today is to contact your local representatives, if applicable, or a representative in a nearby state and demand they remove all Confederate monuments.

New Orleans has been in the news lately for removing all of the Confederate monuments in their city. Many applauded this move, but some fought against it, even forming a tiki torch brigade and trying to intimidate the workers removing the statues. We applaud New Orleans, but the United States has a serious Confederate monument problem. There are more than 700 monuments, spanning 31 states, and some in states that fought against the Confederacy. We have even seen 35 monuments erected since 2000.

The removal of monuments across New Orleans has sparked a national discussion on where Confederate monuments fit into our nation and it’s history. In a speech on why he removed the monuments, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu stated:

 

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.

After the Civil War, these statues were a part of that terrorism as much as a burning cross on someone’s lawn; they were erected purposefully to send a strong message to all who walked in their shadows about who was still in charge in this city.”

 

We are asking you to contact the Mayors of cities that have Confederate monuments and implore them to follow the lead of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and remove the monuments. This list of monuments isn’t complete, but it’s a start.

DGB doesn’t believe in erasing history, but we do believe in placing these monuments in a musuem or somewhere that their correct history and horror can be explained instead of celebrated. We end with one last quote from Mayor Landrieu:

 

“There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence of it. For America and New Orleans, it has been a long, winding road, marked by great tragedy and great triumph. But we cannot be afraid of our truth.”