Finally, the Confederate Flag has come down in South Carolina and many other places around the country because it as a symbol of hate and racism. It should not be flying in our great nation! TV Land has also decided to pull its twice a day run of Dukes of Hazards because the famous car featured in the show named The General Lee has a confederate flag the top. These are all fantastic important moves toward a more peaceful, free and equal nation.
Now, The Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP is calling for the removal of a carving that depicts famous confederate generals Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. This is the highest relief sculpture in the world located 400 feet off the ground in Stone Mountain park in Georgia. Do these Confederate Generals who fought and lead armies during an important time in American History represent hate or simply a part of our history that we must never forget so we remember how far we have come? Im not sure how I feel about removing art which shows parts of our history we must remember. A flag flying in a States Capital YES, YES, YES!
A piece of art? Undecided.
ISIS destroyed ancient artifacts in Iraq's museums and 3000 year old temples all because of their fanatical beliefs. They destroyed precious and ancient art that was part of world history which can never be replaced. We must ask if these representations of history are simply falling victim to current world events or just a way for others to exert their power. By removing art such as in Stone Mountain, are we rewriting history or just not celebrating those who fought for their beliefs a couple of centuries ago?
Ironically, Stone Mountain is a location to be used in an important scene of a feature film that I am Producing about racial profiling.
Please let me hear from you and your thoughts on this issue.