Participation in protest to remove Confederate marker at Peralta Trail Road and the US 60
We joined protesters again this week for the third time in the past 3-4 months at the Confederate marker at Peralta Trail and US60. We were encouraged to find the monument had been removed.
It was even more inspiring to see that the demonstrators had replaced the Confederate monument with a different “temporary display,” showing the names of Americans who lost their lives during engagement with police or racially motivated brutality.
The Daughters of the Confederacy’s removal of the monument is appropriate and appreciated. I am a strong supporter of peaceful protests. However, I believe controversial and offensive icons should be acknowledged and appropriately removed by those responsible for putting them there. They must not be otherwise moved/removed or damaged!!!!
More importantly, the removal of Confederate symbols must morph and translate into action –
•social and criminal justice reform,
•correction/elimination of institutional racism, and
•adherence to rule of law, that corrects the systemic racial injustices that Confederates practiced and are still perpetuated by too many Americans who embrace this unjust mindset.