Stacy Abrams, the candidate for Governor of Georgia, is calling for the removal of the Confederate carvings on Stone Mountain.

The statue depicts Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis as heroes of the Confederacy.

“I have traveled the state of Georgia and the reality is that Georgia is much more complex. These Confederate monuments do not reflect who we are and who we are becoming,” explained Abrams.

Charlottesville has reignited a fight that has been going on for years in this country and Abrams believes that, “this is the time for our leaders to say ‘we are capable of better.'”

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3 thoughts on “Inside Her Story: Stacy Abrams Calls For The Removal Of Confederate Carvings

  1. No one wants to destroy history, we want to get it right and place some of the monuments into museums or on private property. We do not need to have more Confederate monuments than there are Union monuments. Who won the Civil War? Every time we go to war, we change history. The Constitution of the United States has changed throughout our history, It was designed to be changed. There have been 27 amendments added to the US Constitution. Since 1789 there have been 37 states added to the union. Several wars fought and the country expanded from Sea to shining Sea. The moment Christopher Columbus landed on these shores, history was changed. If change did not occur, then progress would not be possible. If change did not occur then only white men with property would be able to vote, slavery would still exist, women still would not be able to vote, and African American and Native Indians would not be citizens. History changes and so does streets, buildings, and people. Change is part of America as Apple Pie. It seems that the Confederate monuments have a higher privilege than religious images have to be on public property. There should be no doubt what the Confederacy stood for, it was more than states’ rights, They wanted to maintain a way of life which treated Blacks as slaves and property, women could not vote and native Indians as foreigners in their own land. It is ironic during the time when native Americans were removed from their own lands. Changing our laws is not changing history, it is what makes us more tolerant and stronger. Removing statues and monuments from public spaces does not destroy history no more than the wind changes the landscape. If it was not for Dr. King’s leadership, we would probably be still using separate water fountains, sitting in the back of the bus, and going to separate schools. We can do more than one thing at a time. During the fifties and sixties people were able to do more than one thing at a time, there were problems with education, opportunities, hunger, crime, and education back then, and just like then people asked Dr. King to take it slow, and not go to fast, and don’t cause trouble, let things be, but he persevered, Today, you have every right to express yourself now. Sign the petition
    https://www.change.org/p/change-or-remove-stone-mountain-confederate-carving

  2. I agree with what Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young said a few days ago, “… be interested more in substance over symbols.” Removing the monument isn’t going to win any battles or bridge the racial divide in GA. http://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt–politics/andrew-young-opposes-fight-over-confederate-statues/eUumzGm5vUDQmwIcd7qU0O/

    As a Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate, in a red state, there are more important issue in GA she should focus on; education, homelessness (Atlanta closing a major homeless center next month), poverty, healthcare, income inequality. These are issues that should actually be a focus in many of the areas that are complaining about statues.

  3. Today, The Confederate carving on Stone Mountain is rebranded with lasers, animated with colored beams of lights to glorify the image as if it is coming back to life.

    None of these men in the carving were from Georgia, There was no battle at Stone Mountain, and there is no one buried at Stone Mountain. So why is it called a Confederate Memorial?

    We do not seek to destroy history but to tell the true story. The defenders seek to rebrand the symbolism of oppression and terrorism as art and history. The Confederates States of America sought to spread slavery and wanted to continue it in its Constitution. The carving on Stone Mountain is a legacy of the KKK and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The moment the statues and monuments were created the lie was told. It is not history.

    Some say let it be, why make trouble? just accept things as they are. I dream in color and I reject history that excludes my story. ‘There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?’
    During the fifties and sixties, Dr. King was advised to slow down, and not push too hard or fast. His response. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.
    Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream, August 28, 1963.

    Fifty years later some are still struggling for economic and civil rights. When you’re near the bottom or in the minority, you are told often to take a slow and gradual approach, change takes time. However, if you are in the majority or position of power then a fast track approach is often taken, force is used or the rules are defined to achieve the desired outcome. Sign the Petition.
    https://www.change.org/p/change-or-remove-stone-mountain-confederate-carving

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