Hundreds of Students at the University of Texas Sign Petition to Remove Confederate Statue

Jefferson Davis statue at University of Texas KVUE-TV
Jefferson Davis statue at University of Texas
KVUE-TV

In accordance with the newly reignited disapproval of the Confederate flag since the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal massacre in Charleston, S.C. last week, students at the University of Texas are signing a petition demanding that the school remove a statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America, from campus grounds, KVUE-TV reports.

Hundreds of students have already signed on, saying that Davis’ support of slavery and white supremacy does not coincide with university values.

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“It is impossible to reach the full potential of an inclusive and progressive learning institution while putting an idol of our darkest days on a pedestal,” the petition, which was started on Sunday, reads.

As KVUE-TV notes, the controversial statue has stood at the foot of the UT tower for decades.

“Why is this icon … that represents slavery and bigotry toward so many people that now attend the University of Texas, why is it still here?” student-government Chief of Staff Tara Patel told the news station.

By Tuesday, someone had spray-painted “Black Lives Matter” on the statue of Davis, as well as two other Confederate statues on campus, the news station reveals.

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Source: The Root | 

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