Next target of the left: Stone Mountain (video)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has long advocated for the removal of the Confederate memorial on Stone Mountain in Georgia, but since the violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, demands have increased for the popular tourist attraction to be sandblasted off the face of the mountain.

Joining the call to remove the carving from the mountain is Georgia Democratic State Representative Stacey Abrams, who is running for governor in Georgia.

On Tuesday, Abrams blasted out a seven-part message on Twitter, which read, in full:

“The removal of the bas relief of Confederates from Stone Mountain has been a constant debate since the state bought the property in 1958. Paid for by founders of the 2nd KKK, the monument had no purpose other than celebration of racism, terror & division when carved in 1915. 

“We must never celebrate those who defended slavery and tried to destroy the Union. Confederate monuments belong in museums where we can study and reflect on that terrible history, not in places of honor across our state. 

“The managers of Stone Mountain have taken steps to educate w a powerful audio tour to return the listener to the horrors of slavery, but the visible image of Stone Mountain’s edifice remains a blight on our state and should be removed.

“State leg led by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus have pushed for action for decades. I supported action then & I renew calls now.”

State Sen. Michael Williams, a Republican who is also running for governor in Georgia, blasted Abrams’ call to remove the Confederate memorial from Stone Mountain.

“I want to know where Stacey draws the line,” said Williams. “Will she demand we blow up the Jefferson Memorial and knock down the Washington Monument? I do not support defacing Stone Mountain or any of our monuments and I do not support rewriting Georgia’s history.”

The NAACP’s push to wipe the Confederate memorial off the face of Stone Mountain has been going on for some time. In August 2015, George Chidi, a former AJC writer who moved to publishing opinion editorials for Fox5 in Atlanta, appeared in a news broadcast denouncing the efforts of the NAACP.

“You can’t blow up Stone Mountain,” Chidi said. “Even if we wanted to get rid of the most popular tourist attraction in Georgia, it would be an expensive pain in the neck,” he said. “It’s art!”

“Civilized cultures do not blow up their art. We are not the Taliban,” he declared.

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