Once the Confederate Battle Flag came down on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol complex, the Left had won their great victory and everyone could go home and get on with their lives, right? (I’ll pause for a moment so everyone can finish laughing.) Of course not. Nothing is ever truly going to be enough, and the NAACP has been on a push for more than a week with a larger target in mind. A much, much larger target. They would like the 90 by 190 foot sculpture at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia sandblasted from the face of the mountain. Rising 400 feet above the ground, it’s the largest, highest outdoor relief sculpture in the world and depicts Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. And if the NAACP gets their way, it’s going to be destroyed.
The famous outdoor relief sculpture depicting Confederate leaders on Stone Mountain in Georgia has come under attack from the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP. The chapter’s leader is calling for the removal of the Confederate Memorial Carving that depicts Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
A press release from Richard Rose, the president of the Atlanta chapter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, calls for the elimination of the Confederate carving, calling it a “glorification of white supremacy.”
“It is time for Georgia and other Southern states to end the glorification of slavery and white supremacy paid for and maintained with the taxes of all its citizens,” the release states.
Mr. Rose is really big on the tax dollars issue, and when the public purse is involved he has a point: people should have a say in how their money is spent. Or at least Rose would have a good point were it not for one inconvenient fact. The statue is maintained by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association and their funding isn’t coming from the taxpayer’s purse.
The Stone Mountain Memorial Association (SMMA), a State of Georgia authority, is self-supporting and receives no tax dollars, is responsible for Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park.
SMMA was created in 1958 by an Act of the Georgia Legislature. This legislation, the Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 12-3-190 is also known as the “Stone Mountain Memorial Association Act”. From its original creation and through amendments to the Act, the purpose of the Association is for the proper development, management, preservation, and protection of Stone Mountain as a Confederate Memorial and public recreation area.
Further, this isn’t the State Capitol grounds. It’s a park. Its operational costs are covered through hosting events and private fundraising. And part of their fundamental mission is educational in nature.
We should have known (and some of us predicted) that this was far from over. As long as this is a bone which the SJW feels like they can gnaw on to positive political effect and press their advantage, this isn’t going to stop. And as long as our elected leaders keep kowtowing in fear and offering weak excuses, the results will be the same every time. Go see the memorial while you can. The way things are going this year there may actually be a crew up there with dynamite before winter arrives. That’s sad, too. I’ve been to the park and it’s simply breathtaking.
Once again, we should never forget: You Will Be Made to Care.