Confederate flags, statues and buildings names after the confederacy are all symbols of hatred and should be demolished. More and more people are speaking up against these symbols and the latest celebrity to do so is NBA star, Ja Morant.
Morant was born and raised in Kentucky and although he does not live there anymore, the Memphis Grizzlies guard wrote a letter to a Kentucky judge this week officially asking for a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee that sits near the Calloway County courthouse to be removed.
Below is the letter in it’s entirety:
To the Honorable Kenneth C. Imes,
My name is Ja Morant. I was a student athlete at Murray State University (2017-2019), member of the Racers OVC Conference Championship basketball team, and the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. I want to introduce myself to you and share my concerns about a symbol of white supremacy, racism and hate on display in the community. I am writing to ask that you immediately remove the Confederate statue in the court square of downtown Murray.
I am extremely proud of my ties to Murray State. I am honored to have spent two years at the university. My college experience positioned me for success and truly helped my achieve my dreams. Murray felt like a second home from the minute I stepped on campus and became a part of the Murray State community. It is full of people, families and students from all different backgrounds. As a young Black man, I cannot stress enough how disturbing and oppressive it is to know the city still honors a Confederate war general defending white supremacy and hatred.
Given recent events and the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s necessary to act now. We can’t change the culture of racism unless we change the celebration of racism. Please help us take a stand and remove the symbol of hatred and oppression.