11 Popular World Monuments You Probably Didn’t Know Were Racist – Atlanta Blackstar

Statue of Liberty seen from the Circle Line ferry, Manhattan, New YorkStatue of Liberty — New York City

After the dedication of the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island in 1886 — an occasion originally deemed a symbol of freedom — the Black media began to debunk the feel-good notions of the edifice because racism and discrimination toward African-Americans did not end after the Civil War or with the dedication of the statue. In essence, the statue only meant freedom for whites. On top of that, the original Statue of Liberty was a Black woman, according to But some speculate she was changed because racism was at full scale for another century. So the intended symbol of Lady Liberty actually represented more pain and injustice for Black people.

dt.common.streams.StreamServerEdmund Pettus Bridge — Selma, Alabama

The Edmund Pettus Bridge was the site of “Bloody Sunday” on March 7, 1965, when armed officers attacked peaceful civil rights demonstrators marching to Montgomery, the state capital. The National Historic Landmark (2013) is named after Pettus, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who fought for the Confederacy.

rocky-statue--philadelphia-brendan-reals‘Rocky’ Statue — Philadelphia

The 8-foot-6 bronze statue of actor Sylvester Stallone, as Philadelphia’s favorite fictional fighter Rocky Balboa in boxing shorts and gloves, at the Art Museum makes Sam Evans cringe. A longtime civic leader and champion of African-American causes, Evans would banish the statue if he had his way“For what it represents, it has no place in America,” Evans said. “I think a statue should be erected to people who have achieved something. Like (one-time heavyweight boxing champions) Joe Louis or Jack Johnson.” Evans called the statue “racist” and said if it remains in the city, young people will look at it and “grow up thinking that the heavyweight champion was a white man.”

“Such things have a great impact on your mind when you’re young,” Evans said.

IMG_1059Franklin and Armfield Slave Office — Alexandria, Virginia

At 1315 Duke St. in Alexandria still stands this building that was one of the largest places where enslaved Africans were exported to the South. The general route for the enslaved going south would start at the Franklin and Armfield Pen. After which, the enslaved would be taken to Market Square, then to the river to board ships that would take them to New Orleans, where they were dispersed to other Southern areas.

p1100479Samuel Sullivan Cox Statue — Tompkins Square Park, New York City

A statue of former Congressman Samuel Sullivan Cox rests in the southwest corner of Tompkins Square Park. He’s called “the postman’s friend” for helping postal workers secure better wages and working conditions in the 1880s and credited with contributing to the establishment of the U.S. Coast Guard. However, on June 2, 1862, a year after the Civil War began and six months before the Emancipation Proclamation, he said this, according to Alan Singer, a historian and professor of secondary education at Hofstra University and author of “New York and Slavery: Time to Teach the Truth”: ”I have been taught in the history of this country that these Commonwealths and this Union were made for white men; that this Government is a Government of white men; that the men who made it never intended, by any thing they did, to place the black race on an equality with the white.”

2lx7at1‘Captured Africans’ — St. George’s Quay in Lancaster, England

Lancaster was the fourth-largest trade market of enslaved Africans in England. Students honored this hideous fact with this memorial that has been named a “permanent” fixture in Lancaster to commemorate the town’s role in an atrocity against human life. Between 1736 and 1807, it was reported by that 29,000 enslaved Africans passed through Lancaster, which made the town the fourth-largest slave port in England after Liverpool, London and Bristol. During this period, more than 100 voyages from St George’s Quay to Africa took place.

robert-c-byrdTributes to Robert C. Byrd — West Virginia

The late senior senator from West Virginia was a former “Imperial Kleagle” of the KKK. But there are dozens of buildings, bridges and streets named after him throughout the state. In the early 1940s, Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to create a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Sophia, West Virginia. In 1946, Byrd wrote to Mississippi Sen. Theodore G. Bilbo, a segregationist: “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

tillmanmagBenjamin Tillman Statue — South Carolina 

Benjamin Tillman was a governor and senator from South Carolina who was a noted white supremacist who often expressed his ill will toward Blacks. He was the leader of the “Red Shirts,” a group of racists tied to the Democratic Party. They were blatant racists who executed Blacks and bragged about it, chronicles Tillman’s statue sits in front of the federal building in Columbia, South Carolina’s capital.

pretoria_Voortrekker_monumentThe Voortrekker Monument — South Africa

This amphitheater structure towering over the city of Pretoria is revered by many in South Africa, who gather yearly on Dec. 16 for the Day of the Covenant. On that day in 1838, the Voortrekker settlers, who were Dutch, took over the beautiful South African land in a bloody battle with the Zulus, who resided there. The Voortrekkers claimed God had empowered them to defeat the natives at the Battle of Blood River, known now as KwaZulu-Natal. This monument represents the death of thousands and the bloody takeover of South Africans’ land, an ugly reminder to Black South Africans of their loss of heritage, family and status.

467999097_28de85582bStephen Foster Statue — Pittsburgh

Known as the “father of American music,” Stephen Foster was an American songwriter primarily known for his parlor, minstrel and plantation music. At the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh is a rendering of slave “Old Black Joe” playing the banjo at the feet of the white, well-dressed Foster. It has been the source of controversy for years.

brazza1Pierre de Brazza Mausoleum — Congo

Franco-Italian explorer Pierre de Brazza rests in a mausoleum in the Congo, one of the few white settlers who received an honor in Africa, albeit with controversy. The decision to honor de Brazza as a founding father of the Republic of the Congo sparked protests. Some Congolese questioned why a colonizer would be revered as a national hero instead of the Congolese who fought against the colonization de Brazza helped lead. Congolese historian professor Theophile Obenga said that in honoring de Brazza, the government disregarded relevant information, including an account of de Brazza’s rape of a Congolese woman.

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Mom Lets Son Wear KKK Halloween Costume, Says It’s A Family Tradition


A Virginia mother let her 7-year-old son wear a Ku Klux Klan costume this Halloween because, she insisted, it’s a family tradition.

Jessica Black of Craigsville, Va., let her son, Jackson, dress as a Klansman with a floor-length white robe and full-faced white hood, according to local ABC affiliate WHSV. The outfit garnered media attention after a photo of the boy dressed in the KKK regalia was posted to the WHSV Facebook page. When Black was confronted by the news network, she defended her decision.

“My brother has [worn it] when he was in Kindergarten and when he was 13,” Black said. She went on to claim there is nothing wrong with the costume or with the White Supremacist group, which she says still exists in their Virginia town. “It’s supposed to be white with white, black with black, man with woman and all of that. That’s what the KKK stands for.”

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Jackson Black’s costume. Screen grab courtesy of WHSV.

Facebook users were not happy about the attire.

“A mini kkk costume??? In our area??? Sounds like something we should ALL be concerned about. #noroomforacistsonthisplanet,” one respondent wrote on the WHSV Facebook page. Another defended the child on the station’s “Daybreak” Facebook page, saying he probably thought it was a ghost costume.

Some users were angry that the town was being criticized for the act of one individual, but others criticized these people for missing the larger point.

“The fact of the matter is that this event could have happened anywhere in the US and you all being more outraged that your town has a bad name than the actual issue at hand is extremely disappointing,” wrote one woman. “A few of you have missed the point completely. Just because we are in a new century does not mean that racism is a thing of the past. Racism is alive and well and if you opened your eyes, you’d see it clearly.”

It’s been quite the Halloween season for offensive costumes. First there was actressJulianne’s Hough’s major mistake of going out in blackface to portray “Orange Is the New Black” character Crazy Eyes. Then, two men thought it would be funny to go out as Trayvon Martin (in blackface) and George Zimmerman. And the latest adult to face backlash on Twitter is the young woman who decided to dress up as a Boston bombing victim.

So much for setting a good example for our kids.

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Florida school named after KKK leader won’t change name despite petition, longstanding protests  – NY Daily News

	A portrait of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the original grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and namesake of a Florida high school that still bears his name, despite long protests to change it.

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A portrait of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the original grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and namesake of a Florida high school that still bears his name, despite long protests to change it.

It seems a difficult task to get a Florida school board to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School, the namesake of a Confederate general and first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

A petition on boasting 75,000 signatures calls on Duval County School District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti to rename the school, at which more than half of the students are African-American.

“I’m shocked and outraged that in this day and age, any student would be forced to attend a school named for Nathan Bedford Forrest. I urge you to immediately change the school’s name,” Jacksonville resident Omotayo Richmond wrote in the petition.

But the school board does not respond to petitions, spokeswoman Marsha Oliver told the Daily News Friday.

“We have a school board policy and processes that we follow,” Oliver said. “The petition is not the starting point for that process.”

 Rather, the board’s advisory council must inititate a name change, she said.
Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla., named after the legendary   Confederate general who  became the first grand wizard of the KKK.


Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla., named after the legendary Confederate general who became the first grand wizard of the KKK.

The council is made up of students, parents, businesses and members of the community, she said.

The large number of area signatures on the petition makes no difference to the board’s process, she said.

Asked if the council will bring up changing the school’s name, Oliver replied, “I can’t answer that.”

The school board was asked by the School Advisory Council in April 2007 to change the name, but the panel voted it down 5-2 in 2008.

The high school bearing Forrest’s named opened in 1959 and had only white students.

Forrest’s name was prevalent on buildings throughout the South, but those titles have been changed over the past decades.

Forrest became the Klan’s first grand wizard in 1867 and later distanced himself from the racist organization.

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Oregon: Pacific Architectural Wood Products faces racial discrimination suit


A Fairview man is suing a Portland door maker, contending he was forced to quit after finding a noose hanging at work and being referred to as a slave by a co-worker.

Tyree Jackson, who is African American, has accused Pacific Architectural Wood Products Inc. of violating his civil rights in a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland. He also said the company retaliated against him after he complained to Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries.

It’s at least the third allegation involving a noose at a Portland-area workplace since 2011, records show.

Jackson twice complained to BOLI about discrimination at Pacific Architectural Wood Products, once in August 2011 and again in December. In the latter instance, he said, supervisors assigned him to menial work after learning he lodged a complaint. He was then transferred to a different manager who told him to hold a nail gun “like a white guy,” according to the complaint.

He withdrew both complaints before the state completed the inquiries, spokesman Bob Estabrook said.

In the federal suit, Jackson alleges that co-workers hung crosses and talked about the Ku Klux Klan. He was eventually assigned to work for the supervisor who hung the noose, he said. He quit in December 2011, according to the complaint.

Pacific Architectural Wood Products did not return repeated calls seeking comment. Jordan Ramis attorney Robert Blackmore said he could not speak about the allegations against the company. The Lake Oswego-based law firm is listed as the company’s registered agent in Oregon corporation records.

Jackson declined to comment until speaking with his attorney, Kerry Smith. He is seeking lost wages and attorney fees as well as damages or reinstatement to his former job. He also asks for assurance that he or any other worker isn’t subjected to future discrimination.

It’s unclear whether the case will be delayed because the summons was issued to an Oregon lawyer who represented Pacific Architectural in the past but died two years ago.

The allegation is the third in recent years involving a noose at an Oregon workplace. In June, an Oregon Liquor Control Commission employee filed suit after he said he found a noose hanging above his work area at the agency’s Milwaukie warehouse.

The case was dismissed from Multnomah County Circuit Court in September after the state countered it should be tried in Clackamas County instead. It has yet to be re-filed.

In March 2011, the attorney general’s office announced it had reached a settlement with Tualatin’s Valmont Industries Inc. and Barrett Business Services Inc. The Portland staffing company placed a worker at Valmont, where he said harassment eventually escalated to a noose hanging above his workstation. The companies agreed to pay damages and to complete BOLI anti-discrimination training. Valmont also offered the man a full-time position.



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Alabama pastors conference invites only ‘white Christians’

A group of  pastors in Alabama says that they are not racist even though only “white  Christians” were invited to their three-day conference, which will include a  cross burning and be attended by Ku Klux Klan (KKK)  members. 

Residents in  Guin, Alabama became outraged earlier this week after they noticed flyers posted  around the town that read, “Annual Pastors Conference All White Christians  Invited.” The groups Christian Identity Ministries and the Church of God’s  Chosen told WIAT that they just didn’t have the “facilities” to accommodate  non-whites. 

“We’re seldom  ever have been invited to black Muslim events and we never have been invited to  NAACP events and we never have been invited to join Jewish synagogues events and  stuff,” Christian Identity Ministries Pastor William J. Collier  explained. 

“It has nothing  whatsoever to do with any kind of racism or hate or anything like that,” he  added. “And anybody who would brand it as that would be a racist and a hater  themselves, you know.” 

Collier insisted  that the “Sacred Christian Cross Lighting Ceremony” to be held on final day of  the event symbolized an “opposition to tyranny.” 

“We are not  burning a cross, look at the word is says it says light a cross,” Christian  Identity Ministries Reverend Mel Lewis told WIAT. “If you light a light in your  house do you burn down your house. We often use fire. Our ancient fathers said  fire was a cleansing element. Even the Bible says the earth will be purified  with fire what purer element can we use as a symbol of our  worship.” 

But the  president of the NAACP’s Birmingham Metro Chapter could not recall any past  cross burning that had not been associated with racism or  hate. 

“The only  context that I’m familiar with is one that is not very positive,” Hezekiah  Jackson said. “And one that really symbolizes an era that many of us have hoped  to put behind us. And that is this whole era of Jim Crow, this whole era of  white supremacy, this whole era of discrimination and racial  hatred.” 

“I think it’s  really hard to clarify what’s going on, but it seems to be some vestiges of what  we call white supremacy here in Alabama. We just have to be honest about  it.” 

The “Annual  Pastors Conference All White Christians Invited” event ends on Friday. It is the  fourth year that the whites-only conference has been held in Lamar  county. 

Watch this video  from WIAT, broadcast July 5, 2012. Raw Story

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