Earlier today I was interviewed by a local NPR station in Atlanta on the situation at Stone Mountain. The story and interview should be available tomorrow morning. While plans for a monument to Martin Luther King, Jr. appear to be on hold, an exhibit on black Union soldiers is moving forward. Our conversation focused on this exhibit and the significance of its location on the grounds of Stone Mountain.
Over the weekend a relatively small rally took place at Stone Mountain to protest the King monument. Those in attendance offer another example of why the very people who claim to defend the memory of Confederate soldiers and the flag have done more than anyone else to provide the impetus for communities to remove reminders of the Confederacy from public places.
Here is the face of Confederate heritage: men dressed in military-style garb brandishing automatic weapons.
A reporter caught up with one protester, who summed up his group’s view of the potential conflict between the carvings of Lee, Jackson, and Davis on the side of Stone Mountain and the addition of a monument to a slain civil rights leader.
“I don’t want Martin Luther King’s stuff on it, not because I am racist, but because this isn’t a civil rights mountain, this is a Confederate mountain.”
I couldn’t have said it any better than that.