[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Stone Mountain, located outside of Atlanta, Georgia, is the site of Stone Mountain Park. More than five miles around at its base, Stone Mountain also serves as a memorial to three major figures in the Confederate States of America; Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. Images of the three men are carved into the mountainside and, for that reason, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP is demanding that Stone Mountain must go.
Atlanta NAACP President Richard Rose said, “Those guys need to go. They can be sand-blasted off, or somebody could carefully remove a slab of that and auction it off to the highest bidder.” Not only does he want the historic Stone Mountain destroyed, his group is demanding that all symbols related to the Confederacy be removed from any state-owned building, land, or park.
Rose said, “My tax dollars should not be used to commemorate slavery.”
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]But, according to Jacksonville.com, although Stone Mountain is technically state property, it receives no state funds. Funding for the park comes from entry fees and other revenue generated by the park.
That appears to be of no consequence to Rose. He plans on enlisting the public’s help in creating a list of monuments to take to the state with requests to destroy them or take them down. Rose said, “We’ll be making a list as we get people from across the state to take pictures and send us locations of various monuments.”
Not everyone is in agreement with Rose. Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson, who represents the Stone Mountain area, spoke with a local radio station, V-103, about whether Stone Mountain’s memorial to a Confederate States of America president and Confederate generals should be destroyed. Johnson said that he is “not so much affected by Stone Mountain Park as I am by the flag flying at an official government building like a state capitol or even the federal Capitol, a position, the seat of government.”
He added, “I view Stone Mountain as more of a museum-type archaeological place of remembrance for those who want to remember back then and they have a right to remember back then and the park is there.”
WSB-TV spoke with Ray Phillips as he was visiting the park, about whether he agrees with the NAACP’s demand to destroy Stone Mountain because, in the words of the NAACP president, “those guys need to go.” Phillips, who is black, responded, “You can’t just. No, no. I mean, you don’t want to remove it. You want to remember history. You don’t have to live in the past, but that’s (as he points at Stone Mountain) is a constant reminder of what was in the past.”
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The attempt to purge society of all things related to Civil War history has had a snowball effect ever since a deranged white racist, who was photographed at some point holding the Confederate battle flag, committed the heinous act of killing nine black Christians in a South Carolina church after sitting with them at a prayer service for more than an hour. The Confederate battle flag was blamed for the shooter’s decision. Anything related to it has been deemed racist as the push to eliminate that aspect of American history has magnified due to it being “offensive.”
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