Some say that politics makes strange bedfellows. So does heritage commemoration.
Word comes from Georgia that several local chapters of the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) have voiced opposition to the proposal to erect a monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., atop Stone Mountain. You can read one story here. Here’s another account.
I’m not sure Confederate heritage advocates should take comfort in the reasons why several NAACP members oppose the idea.
“Why are governments spending tax dollars to preserve monuments of hate?” asked [SCLC president Charles] Steele. “And more so, why put any reference of Dr. King, one of Georgia’s most favorite sons, anywhere near these three traitors?”
And then there’s this:
“The proposal to include Dr. King [on Stone Mountain] is simply to confuse black folk about the issues,” said John Evans, president of the DeKalb County branch of the NAACP. “It’s an attempt to gain support from blacks to keep these racist and demeaning symbols.”
A Georgia state senator voiced his unhappiness as well:
“It’s as if the evil that those slave-owning Confederates perpetrated is somehow ameliorated by the presence of a monument for Dr. King.”
Not exactly what Confederate heritage advocates wanted to hear, I suspect.