A petition has been started to remove the Confederate carving from Stone Mountain. The Confederate carving is one of Georgia’s most famous landmarks, which is also the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan. McCartney Forde started a petition to remove the carving saying, “It’s almost like a black eye or an embarrassing smudge on our culture.”
The carving features Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. It towers 400 feet above the mountain’s base and is about two football fields wide, 11 Alive News reports.
He considers the continued honor an affront to those their government kept in slavery. Forde has launched an online petition to gather support for his cause.
“My efforts aren’t to just destroy something, ’cause I understand that does mean something to some people,” he said. “But there should be some room for compromise and there should be something up there that we all could be proud of,” he added. Source
Of course, some will strongly object to this petition, while others will support McCartney Forde. Stone Mountain Park doesn’t represent the best of Georgia, considering the Ku Klux Klan staged cross burnings there as recent as the 1980s but whether you want to admit it or not, it’s a part of the state’s history and shouldn’t be removed.