If you live in the greater metro area of Atlanta, Georgia, you have likely spent a fun-filled afternoon or evening at Stone Mountain.
The strange geological feature resembles an enormous dome of rock, reaching nearly 1,700 feet skyward, complete with nature trails, a small theme park, restaurants, and a laser light show famous for its unwillingness to be updated with modern music and technology.
Also adorning the park is a marvel of engineering in the form of an enormous carving etched into the side of the titular stone. As the world’s largest bas-relief sculpture, this incredibly detailed piece of art covers over an acre and a half of Stone Mountain’s face. This gargantuan monument depicts three members of the Confederacy, so, as you can imagine, the radical left is now clamoring to have it removed or defaced.
Joining in on the trendy call to remove Confederate history from the United States is democratic candidate for Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams, possibly in an effort to gain traction with malleable millennials who are currently obsessed with “social justice”.
“Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams called for the removal of the giant carving that depicts three Confederate war leaders on the face of state-owned Stone Mountain, saying it “remains a blight on our state and should be removed.”
“’We must never celebrate those who defended slavery and tried to destroy the union,’ Abrams said in a series of tweets posted early Tuesday, a response to the deadly violence sparked by white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Va.
“Removing the faces of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson would take a monster of a sandblaster and require a change in state law. The Georgia code has a clear mandate for the memorial, saying it should be ‘preserved and protected for all time as a tribute to the bravery and heroism of the citizens of this state who suffered and died in their cause.’“Lawmakers and civil rights groups have called for the removal of Confederate symbols at the memorial for years. After the 2015 shooting deaths of nine black worshipers by a white supremacist in Charleston, several legislators pushed for a boycott until Rebel flags at the site come down.”
Much of the debate over Civil War iconography comes from a misrepresented set of goals belonging to the Confederacy.
In an attempt to create a massive divide within our nation, northern schools after the Civil War took it upon themselves to reinterpret the run-up to the war between the states, educating generations upon generations of children with a false reality. While the Confederacy was looking to preserve the concept of states’ rights as the nation expanded during Manifest Destiny, northern teachers decided instead to tell their students that the south’s rebellion was due to their racism and their desire to maintain the evil institution of slavery.
Even after the Confederacy was defeated, through the use of tactics that would have been considered terrorism today, the north continued to perpetuate this stereotype of racist southerners and conservatives in order to provide ammunition for political campaigns.