Trouble on the Horizon? GA to Unveil MLK Statue at Capitol

According to the AJC, Georgia will be unveiling a new statue at the capital sometime this month: an MLK statue.

Sounds awesome right? Who doesn’t like Martin Luther King Jr.? He was an important leader who fought to end segregation. So that shouldn’t be a problem right?

I foresee many angry people about this unveiling. Not because they are upset that an MLK statue is being erected but because it is being erected in the midsts of other statues being torn down. Especially since Stacey Abrams, running for Georgia Governor, is pushing to have the memorial at Stone Mountain removed.

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Why are we only allowed to have he history that the left wants us to see?

The AJC reports

Deal’s office sent out an invitation over the weekend for an Aug. 28 ceremony to lift the curtain on the long-awaited statue. It’s been a long time coming.

First the plans to honor the civil rights legend at the state Capitol stalled over negotiations with the King estate. Then they were in limbo when the original sculptor, Andy Davis, died after his motorcycle was hit by a pickup truck.

A new sculptor, Atlanta artist Martin Dawe, was tapped in June 2016, and state officials lined up corporate sponsors to pick up part of the tab.

The statue is wrapped in political symbolism. After Deal signed an order in 2013 to remove a statue of Tom Watson, a segregationist U.S. Senator known for his racist attacks on blacks, several Democratic leaders pushed him to replace it with a statue of King. Right now, King’s physical presence at the statehouse is now limited to an oil portrait that’s flanked by a biographical display.

What do you think? Will the erection of this statue create strife or will people accept it for what it is? I support we will find out.

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