Opposition Grows to King/Stone Mountain Proposal

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.

Stay tuned.

9 thoughts on “Opposition Grows to King/Stone Mountain Proposal

  1. OhioGuy October 13, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    Interesting development. I agree, not exactly the kind of allies the Confedrate Heritage wanted or needed. On balance I think I agree with the NAACP on this one.

  2. bob carey October 13, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    I was initially in favor of placing a memorial to Dr. King on Stone Mountain, but after reading the comments of the NAACP and the SCLC , I now realize that it would be an insult to his memory. The two organizations are thinking on an entirely different level than I was.

  3. Rosieo October 14, 2015 / 11:09 am

    The controversy illuminates a deep lack of understanding between the races. There should have been significant discussion between stake holders before plans were formed let alone announced.

  4. Andy Hall October 14, 2015 / 11:12 am

    They’re right.

    Stone Mountain is simply toxic to a great many people, and for reasons other than the events of 1861-65. (It is exactly that history that caused King to mention it in his “Dream” speech.) Siting an MLK memorial there seems really contrived. I don’t think there’s anything that will “fix” Stone Mountain, for fundamentally change its message.

  5. Gary Walsh October 16, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    King was a serial adulterer, homosexual, plagiarist, and all-around scum. The fact that the Feds have to hide scads of details about him from the public says it all. He’s not fit to be close to the heroes on Stone Mountain

    • OhioGuy October 16, 2015 / 8:43 pm

      WTH! The man had his faults, but he also accomplished many great things and was the central fugure and leader in ending apartheid in the South. I believe you have it backwards. The traitors of Stone Mountain should not be allowed to bask in the reflected glory of MLK, or Frederick Douglass for that matter.

    • Jimmy Dick October 16, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      That’s actually funny.

      • bob carey October 17, 2015 / 9:46 am

        Can one be a serial adulterer and a homosexual? You would think that MLK wouldn’t have time to be the leader of a substantial movement.

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