“We recognize the negro… our inferior, fitted expressly for servitude.”
These are the words of the man who led an armed insurrection against the United States to protect the institution of chattel slavery.
Davis was not fighting for states’ rights, and he was not defending the heritage of his home.
Jefferson Davis was fighting to preserve his right to own other human beings.
Slavery shaped the fundamental beliefs of Americans about race and whiteness, and white supremacy was both a product and legacy of slavery.
Symbols honoring Jefferson Davis should not live on public land.