The carving of the images of Confederate leaders in Stone Mountain is the next front in the war against the South’s history.
Not as easy to tear down as a statue, the carving of Gens. Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Confederate President Jefferson Davis, in Georgia is perhaps the greatest Confederate monument.
And Stacey Abrams, the Democrat House Minority leader and candidate for governor, wants it gone.
The monument is one of the state’s biggest tourist attraction and it took decades to build, but Abrams wrote in an email she sent to supporters, that the carving is one of the state’s “constant reminders of racism, intolerance and division,” the Associated Press reported.
Out of town tourists Leila Finn and Sandra Neuse, who are white, disagreed.
“I think it would be more productive to use it as a talking point for education than to just get rid of it,” she said. “I wouldn’t mind if they took down some of the flags.”
Fellow tourist John Purpera was more direct.
“The people that want it removed should be shot,” he told the AP. “It’s part of history, and you shouldn’t just delete parts of history you don’t like.”
If Abrams won the gubernatorial election, which is unlikely in the solidly red state, the battle to remove the monument would be, in a word, monumental.
Georgia state law says the carving “shall never be altered, removed, concealed or obscured in any fashion and shall be preserved and protected for all time as a tribute to the bravery and heroism of the citizens of this state who suffered and died in their cause.”
“That’s going to be a lot harder than pulling down a statue,” Charles Bullock, a University of Georgia political science professor, said.
But it would be amusing to watch Antifa try to do it.
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