To: Mayor Mike Rawlings
Remove Robert E. Lee Statue and name from Oak Lawn Park, and Dallas Schools
Remove Confederate Statue of Robert E. Lee and his name from Oak Lawn Park, and D.I.S.D. schools, and replace the statue with a public sculpture reflective of Dallas 21st century spirit of racial equity.
Why is this important?
Return Dallas' Public art to the citizens of Dallas reflective of the diversity of Texas Culture and Dallas Contemporary Culture. The statue, the park name (Lee Park), and the naming of a children's school, Robert E. Lee Elementary, insults the dignity and intelligence of 21st century Dallasites. The statue is in bad taste, given that Lee was not Texan, and furthermore a traitor to the United States of America. The statue is representative of white supremacy, and represents a heritage of hatred and the belief that even in defeat, Lee and the Confederacy held noble and just beliefs. The time has come to take Lee and all Confederate "heroes" off their pedestals.