According to one Neo-Confederate group, a proposal to honor a civil rights giant at Stone Mountain Civil War memorial is so “repugnant” that they’re up in arms. The group is calling it a “contradistinction” to the purpose of the memorial park devoted to the traitors of the Civil War.
So just who is this civil rights giant they’re protesting?
I’d think that they were making a sly shot at Michael Brown, but you know what? It’s Georgia. I’m not giving them the benefit of any doubt.
The name game
Stone Mountain Cemetery is one of those distinctive Southern things, built to celebrate the memory of people who committed treason and lost in the process.
This cemetery has seen a lot in its time. For instance, one of Georgia’s most distinguished gentlemen’s clubs, the Ku Klux Klan, reformed in the cemetery 100 years ago.
So naturally, the cemetery is hallowed ground for all Bible-thumping, God-fearing lumpenproletariat Confederate-Americans with delusions of being bourgeois.
Governor Nathan Deal recently approved of a plan by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association to build a tower with a replica of the Liberty Bell on it. The Bell is significant; in his most famous speech, the “I Have a Dream” speech, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called for “freedom to ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.”
Naturally, not everyone is happy with the plan.
In a recent statement, the Georgia chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans warned that they would threaten legal action to prevent Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a titan in the civil rights movement, from being honored amidst statues of traitors like Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson.
According to the revanchist group, the proposal violates a law in Georgia that supposedly sets aside the state-owned park as a memorial to the Confederate States of America.
In their statement, the chapter whined:
The erection of monuments to anyone other than Confederate heroes in Stone Mountain Park is in contradistinction to the purpose for which the park exists and would make it a memorial to something different.
Monuments to either Michael King or soldiers of any color who fought against the Confederacy would be a violation of the purpose for which the park was created and exists.
I’m not sure which is worse: that they think his name is Michael or that they apparently think he was a soldier who fought against the Confederacy.
It’s also apparently racist against white southerners to honor King or other Black Americans:
The erection of a monument to anything other than the Confederate Cause being placed on top of Stone Mountain because of the objections of opponents of Georgia’s Confederate heritage would be akin to the state flying a Confederate battle flag atop the King Center in Atlanta against the wishes of King supporters
Both would be altogether inappropriate and disrespectful acts, repugnant to Christian people.
I’d laugh, but since King was an ordained Baptist minister (Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), I’ll probably just cry.
And while the group may insist that they’re about “heritage, not hate,” the comments on their Facebook post seem to be the real contradistinction in this story:
We’re still a country of laws. Steve Reilly is just upset that those laws can’t let him keep slaves anymore. That’s the only reason I can think he’d choose to honor the treasonous slavers of the Confederacy.
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