Group to stage protest against Confederate monument ahead of Jaguars game
“The league should stick to its words and follow through on its statements about the racism black Americans constantly face.”
JACKSONVILLE, Fla .– The Northside Coalition of Jacksonville will hold a rally ahead of the Jaguars game in downtown Sunday calling for the removal of Confederate monuments.
The protest is scheduled to take place at noon at the intersection of Union Street and Main Street.
The organization says the purpose of the protest is to pressure Shad Khan and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to condemn the Women of Confederation Statue, currently in Springfield Park.
“We need the NFL and the Jaguars to make a touchdown and win the game against racism that Confederate Monuments represent,” said Ben Frazier. “The league should stick to its words and follow through on its statements about the racism black Americans constantly face.”
The Northside Coalition cited a statement Khan made in June 2020 as protests against racial injustice swept the country:
“Racism in all its forms will kill. It kills people, it kills communities, it kills dreams, it kills hope.”
Last month, a bill that would have removed the controversial Springfield Park monument was withdrawn because it did not have enough backing to pass.
City Councilor Aaron Bowman came up with a plan a week later that would ultimately lead to the monument being removed. He said at the time that he hoped the plan would be completed by July 22.