Abrams calls for removal of Confederate faces off Stone Mountain

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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.

Georgia leaders have embraced recent changes to distance the state from its Rebel history.

Gov. Nathan Deal quietly struck Confederate Memorial Day from the state’s official holiday calendar and removed the statue of a segregationist leader from the state grounds. State-issued license plates featuring the Rebel emblem have been altered, though only slightly. Statues and paintings of Confederate leaders in the statehouse are facing fresh criticism. And the state is set to unveil a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. outside the Capitol this month.

Abrams faces state Rep. Stacey Evans in next year’s Democratic primary, and the race has quickly turned testy. She has faced criticism for refusing to rebuke protesters who chanted “support black women” at Evans at a progressive conference over the weekend.

Four high-profile Republicans are in the race, and several were critical of her stance. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said the state has taken “great strides” to add exhibits that give a more inclusive view of the Civil War.

“Instead of dividing Georgians with inflammatory rhetoric for political gain,” he said, “we should work together to add to our history, not take from it.”

More: After Charlottesville, a fresh look at Atlanta’s Confederate symbols

More: Stacey Evans: An argument for ‘accurate’ history at Stone Mountain

Here is Abrams’ full Twitter string:

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Reader Comments 11

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LG Kathy
LG Kathy

Diversity seems to be divisive...

Pam Waller
Pam Waller

Really. This is our history . If u dont like it get out of this country. Its people like you that are keeping AMERICA from being great again . Violence and tearing our statues down is an act of terrorism. Cry somewhere else. U want to dig up the confederate soldiers too?

Betty Wilson
Betty Wilson

And a stone face can hurt you how .............

Frances Morman
Frances Morman

It should remain the same, people get a job and leave our history alone.

Pat Baessler
Pat Baessler

If the carving on stone mountain is remove then the ones who have it removed most be required to pay them million lost every year

Hope Owens
Hope Owens

So sad this is even being discussed.

Jean Walker
Jean Walker

If, and that's a big if, people understood American history, you might think differently. I'm proud of the carving.

Sammy Pointer
Sammy Pointer

Learn your U.S. history. Don't be a history hater. Look what happened to ISIS after destroying the statue in Iraq and Syria.

Carroll M. Quinn
Carroll M. Quinn

No Stacey Abrams you should be removed. If you don't like don't look. Simple solution.

Clay Logan
Clay Logan

SECONDLY YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO READ!

Clay Logan
Clay Logan

READ YOUR HISTORY BOOK IF THEY HAVEN'T CHANGED IT YET?????

Juanita Clay
Juanita Clay

Mr. Abrams you can remove them all, BUT IT WILL NOT STOP THE HATE SIR it is only ADDING TO THE HATE. I am so discussed with all this mess. We will not allow any news in our home and I am today removing any news stations on Facebook. I am doing to to fight off the HATE I AM AFARID I MIGHT ALLOW/ I will say I believe MLK Faces SHOULD BE REMOVED I am truly beginning to resent hearing the WORD MLK sad, but what his FACES STAND for ARE NOT TRUE TODAY. TAKE MLK DOWN

Ken Averyt
Ken Averyt

I suspect much more of this cleansing of history by those who are mostly ignorant of it is soon to AWAKE A SLEEPING GIANT as the Japanese said. There are already laws against such and they simply need be enforced. But wiping of Stone Mountain may be the catalyst that comes close to if not destroys this country.

Regina Strickland
Regina Strickland

The only blight we have in history are people such as yourself...that want to remove it...thus repeating it..dems have nothing on thier mind except creating a race war...it does not exist...soros Hillary an obama...are evil an paying for these ridiculous ideas...stop dividing yourselves. .think..do you want to live un a one world government an these 3 puppeteers control your every move

Joe Mitchell
Joe Mitchell

Thank you so much to all the Black people that don't want to erase our history, you could very well be our saving grace, thank you and stand strong in the face of adversity and ignorance

Joan Bearden
Joan Bearden

Hell No. Don't even think about removing , from Stone Mountain. This is a part of American. history..... @ And if you don't like it , just don't go to Stone Mountain. And it's time to remove a lot of these crooked politicians.

Mark Hamilton
Mark Hamilton

The only ppl that are racist are the ones that keep taking about it over & over .....

Vantha Man
Vantha Man

I was raised in Stone Mountain. I think people need to stopped whinning about the past not all who has pride in the Confederate Flags are racists. And if we are so worry about the KKK and the racist well be a man and step up to them. The Flag or the Stone Mountain has nothing to hurt anyone.

Tammy Peppers Hawkins
Tammy Peppers Hawkins

For someone running for Governor I would expect her to not be so ignorant. The last thing Georgia needs in a governor is one who goes in with the intent to divide further. That is history and one the most beautiful state parks in the US. I urge everyone to vote against Ms. Abrams and her ignorance on history and what our monuments actually represent.

Grove
Grove

Stacy Abrahams is an idiot...How could we ever think he might be Governor material...Yikes

Anne Walden
Anne Walden

Isn't Stone Mountain a state park? I thought that that is where all these monuments were going to go as well as cemeteries and museums? I thought the goal was to move not destroy. Btw state law says not removal without legislative action all these monuments are protected as well as others from different time periods.

Keith Folk
Keith Folk

I call for the removal of Abrams.

Cynthia Bateman Lafata
Cynthia Bateman Lafata

Omg. These acts are gonna be as bad as Obama was for race relations. Come on people.

Casey Casper
Casey Casper

It is a beautiful sculpture, but maybe Hitler had sculptures? I'm not for the removal of art. I was just comparing confederacy with something people would consider most terrible. I don't care what it represents; it is beautiful. People are neither bad or good and whatever happens isn't bad or good, but art--great art--maybe it should be destroyed if it represents something misunderstood, even if it is a brilliant work of art?

Janet Golden
Janet Golden

No it shouldnt! If uou truly feel that way then move to another country ! And leave our history alone! I am ashamed of all you idiota!

Cheryl Ary
Cheryl Ary

All for political gain . Terrible

Beverly McCauley Young
Beverly McCauley Young

Stacy Abrams, you are a blight on our state and should be moved to Afghanistan. I am offended by your living in my state.

Roy Bennett
Roy Bennett

Most disrespectful, blatant piece tras honoring confederate trader in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA.

Brenda Owen McDaniel
Brenda Owen McDaniel

Will it ever stop? What letter of the alphabet should we get rid of too? I'm sure there is at least one racist letter

Cimeon Balenciaga
Cimeon Balenciaga

Sorry that's too much now not saying it's OK but damn now a whole mountain

Ron Bailey
Ron Bailey

Tell these people who have never been told NO, NO!

Linda Gwaltney
Linda Gwaltney

We have enemies building weapons to destroy us and we are fighting over statues which have been in these locations for years.

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