University of Washington students call for removal of George Washington statue

A petition from the University of Washington Black Student Union calls for the removal of the George Washington statue on campus and has nearly 8,000 signatures.

The 6th item on the petition is “Remove Statues of Racist Figures.”

It states:

Statues in place at the University of Washington are preservers of our dark past. The George Washington statue, in particular, symbolizes a man who owned over 300 Black slaves and profited from their labor. This is not a history that should be glorified and celebrated as it perpetuates white supremacy and preserves its historical imposition. Thus, the George Washington Statue, along with all others that symbolize racist figures, should be removed from the University of Washington.