In partnership with the Lowndes/Valdosta Chapter of the Southern Leadership Conference, on June 23rd of this
year the MTP issued an open letter to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia lawmakers. That letter called
for the end of all state funded Confederate holidays, Confederate events, the naming of roads after
Confederate leaders, and the state management of Confederate historic sites.
In addition to providing historical documentation about why Georgia entered the Civil War and what
Confederate leaders thought about slavery, that letter draws attention to the following realities.
- These State sponsored, promoted, and funded activities celebrate and promote a war fought to
preserve the institution of slavery and the south's desire to extend slavery into
- These activities celebrate and romanticize a government and leaders driven by the ideology of White supremacy and the belief that White
people had been divinely ordained to be superior to and in charge of all other
- These activities celebrate and romanticize a government and
leaders who refused to recognize the human and civil rights of women of all
races, including but not limited to the right to vote, own property, serve on a
- These activities pay homage to and glorify men who
were instrumental leaders in the terrorist organization known as the Ku Klux
Klan during the era of Reconstruction (e.g. Gen. John Brown Gordon, Gen. Nathan
- These activities are paid for by Georgia taxpayers, including
approximately 3 million Black citizens, many of whom are the descendants of
the very people the Confederacy saw as sub-human and worthy of enslavement.
- These activities raise serious questions about whether all
Georgians can expect equal treatment and representation from lawmakers who
participate in celebrating the Confederacy and think it, and the men who led it,
are something to be lionized and honored.
- These activities serve to actively distort the history of the Civil
War and minimize the scope and scale of slavery in Georgia and the South.
- These activities obstruct social progress and show a general
disregard for 3 million Black Georgians.
- These activities obstruct economic development in the state by
making Georgia look like it is lost in the 19th century in the eyes of the nation
- These activities are a waste of revenue and Georgia
taxpayers' tax dollars.
Currently the MTP is reaching out to community and religious organizations, federal agencies, and other southern
states for help with this important movement. Please consider getting involved and let those in your
social networks know about the campaign.
To find out how to get
involved or for more information about the campaign simply send us an email.
We also encourage you ask
Gov. Nathan Deal 404-656-1776,
Georgia State Senators,
and Georgia State Representatives to end all State promotion
and funding of all Confederacy related activites.
Thank you again for your interest and support.