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Dear friends*,

The 700 memorials and statues to Confederates provide opportunities to teach about the subjugation of black people after the Civil War, since most were erected to demonstrate white supremacy between 1900-1920s and in the 1960s. Before, or instead of, removal of the memorials I suggest educating people about the history of each memorial in the area when it was dedicated and re-dedicated:
how many lynchings occurred;
**how many blacks jailed;
*what laws were enacted to keep blacks from voting, walking after dark, getting educated, getting work, riding on public transportation, drinking from water fountains, restrooms, housing, medical and dental treatment.

Name the individuals and groups that created the memorial and their roles in the subjugation of blacks. Residents adjacent to memorials should hold vigils at the site to honor the black victims of the memorialized. These vigils should be held at frequent intervals until the memorial is removed or a memorial of black victims is erected on the site (comparably visible).

Also, I suggest the vigils include local examples of historical racism that perpetuate present day subjugation of black people. For example, recent efforts at voter suppression, gerrymandering, redlining, underfunding education, and racial profiling in policing should be highlighted.

Peace and love,
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Just was reminded of one of my favourite quotations. Rev Parker. I ❤️ UUs.

“I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.”
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