Online petition pushing for removal of Monument Avenue statues

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Stemming from a national debate over the Confederate flag and whether it should be shown in public there is now an online push to have monuments of Confederate leaders removed from Richmond’s streets.

Stemming from a national debate over the Confederate flag and whether it should be shown in public there is now an online push to have monuments of Confederate leaders removed from Richmond’s streets.

The petition was started Tuesday on MoveOn.org and has close to 400 signatures. It calls on state lawmakers to have monuments of Confederate leaders removed from Monument Avenue and accuses the statues of being a form of subliminal and institutional racism.

“It’s probably very unrealistic to go and take them all down, I don’t really see that the city or the residents of the city would probably be very supportive of that but I do think that it represents something that isn’t very nice that’s kind of a dark part of our history,” said Richmond resident Tara Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick says she agrees with the petition and doesn’t think changes should stop there. She says school names or mascots that honor the Confederacy should also be changed.

“Highway name might be more difficult, taking down the monuments is something that’s more difficult but I think the things that are easy to change should be changed and it’s been a long time coming,” said Fitzpatrick.

“I personally don’t see them as a symbol of racism or a celebration of it,” said Richmond resident Emily White.

Some say taking down Confederate monuments is not the answer and that there has to be a limit to what is considered hatred instead of Virginia history.

“It’s important to not whitewash history and they serve here as a monument to that and as a reminder to remember our past and also to learn from it so I think it’s important to keep them here,” said White.

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