Photo Credit: Winston Salem Journal, Bruce Chapman
After the Charleston slaying of nine black church members by an admitted white supremacist, debate over the Confederate flag led to its removal from South Carolina’s state capitol. Now, however, an online petition is asking the city of Winston-Salem N.C. to remove a historic marker for the city chapter’s of the Black Panther Party.
A Change.org petition submitted by Wayne Pearce claims that the Black Panthers are a violent and racist organization, as evidenced by a Black Panther “leader” who called for killing white people.
Pearce is actually referring to the NEW Black Panther Party, whose members argued with members of the Ku Klux Klan during a recent Klan rally in South Carolina.
“We the people feel that it is not in the best interest of the city of Winston-Salem or the state of North Carolina to honor such a racist and violent organization,” the petition reads.
From the Winston Salem Journal:
The Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission and the city council approved placing the marker at its location on East Fifth Street in October 2012. More than 100 people, including city officials, attended the ceremony to unveil the marker.
The sign recognizes the Panthers’ social programs, including a free breakfast program for children, an ambulance service and medical screening. “These programs,” the sign reads, “brought meaningful change to Winston-Salem during a time of social and political upheaval and lent validation to the Chapter’s slogan, ‘Power to the People — Right On!”
McCullough said that Citylink received a phone call on July 15 from Brian Queen of Winston-Salem who said he wanted the city to remove the marker.
The petition had over 900 signatures on Wednesday.