Pearland, Tx – Confederate Drive and Lee Lane will be a thing of the past if petition organizer Chandrakanth Vemula has his way. He has gathered 19 online signatures so far in support of removing the name ‘Confederate’ Drive and ‘Lee’ Lane from two streets located in Pearland.
In an email sent on June 11, he said:
I just started the petition “Change the names of Confederate Drive and Lee Lane in Pearland” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.
I need your support. You can read more and sign the petition here:
The City of Pearland, Texas is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and a very attractive city that boasts of its great diversity.
In an effort to fight against Racial Injustice and Racial intolerance that has engulfed our nation, and bring the communities together, we have to denounce symbols of white supremacy.
In a city like Pearland, which is a melting pot of various cultures, we cannot afford to have these symbols.
I am petitioning our Mayor and City Council to change the names of
– Confederate Drive
– Lee Lane (named after the Robert E. Lee – Commander of the Army of the Confederacy)
These names can be changed to something that is more reflective of the inclusive nature of our community. Institutional racism is linked to white supremacy and we need to eradicate such symbols that link our city to white supremacy.
Please sign, support and share this petition and be a part of change.
President – Greater Businesses of Pearland (www.gbpearland.org)
Director of Operations – Internal Medicine Aassociates of Houston (www.internalmedhouston.com)
Receipient of a Flag that flew over the Capitol of the State of Texas
Receipient of the Martin Luther King Community Service Achievement Award
Receipient of the Keep Pearland Beautiful Individual Community Cleanup award
The protests and rioting over the death of Houston native George Floyd has inspired thousands of people nationwide to protest against police brutality and widespread reform against systemic racism.
A similar petition is circulating to remove the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross, who served as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army and was a two-term Texas Governor from Texas A&M University.
You can read more about the petition here.