It was designated a Confederate memorial by the state of Georgia decades ago, but according to The Washington Post, racial grievance mongers from the NAACP now want to transform it into a Civil Rights memorial instead.
Specifically, they want to add a monument of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to the the memorial that would reportedly feature a likeness of the Liberty Bell, as well as a quote from King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech.
This idea apparently garnered the approval of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who then had his officials start planning the new monument.
However, not everybody shares Deal’s enthusiasm.
The Georgia chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans said Monday a proposal to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on top of Stone Mountain could warrant legal action as “a possible violation of the law which established the Stone Mountain Memorial Association and charged it with promoting the mountain as a Confederate memorial.”
“This is an insult to us,” Tim Pilgrim, head of the Georgia chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “This is like the government going down to Auburn Avenue and putting a monument of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on top of the King monument. How would supporters of Martin Luther King feel about that?”
The premise was that the Confederate memorial is entirely separate from the Civil Rights movement, meaning that it makes no sense to mix them together.