A group of more than 100 heavily armed members of the Black Panther Party descended into Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park as calls to remove the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial continues to grow.
“Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial, a nine-story-high base-relief sculpture carved into a sprawling rock face northeast of Atlanta, is perhaps the South’s most audacious monument to its pro-slavery legacy still intact,” Reuters reported on Friday.
Despite long-standing demands for the removal of what many consider a shrine to racism, the giant depiction of three Confederate heroes on horseback still towers ominously over the Georgia countryside, protected by state law.
Stone Mountain serves as the largest Confederate monument on Earth. The modern day birthplace of the KKK and a burning reminder of white supremacy. Please sign this petition ive made to have it scrubbed away. I’ll be forwording this to the NAACP. https://t.co/JeG5cZ9ozF pic.twitter.com/ASt7zxHN9U
— ak (@akmatt23) June 4, 2020
“Here we are in Atlanta, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and still we have the largest Confederate monument in the world,” said Gerald Griggs, a vice president of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP civil rights group, which staged a march last week calling for the carving to be scraped from the mountainside. “It’s time for our state to get on the right side of history.”
Videos taken at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday showed a large line of armed Black Panther Party members making their way to the monument which is a favorite gathering spot for local KKK members.
Here are some of the scenes from today’s protest:
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) July 4, 2020
The largest armed Black crowd I’ve ever seen in my life just crossed the front of my house in Stone Mountain. Bigger than any Black Panther engagement I’ve ever encountered #July4th2020 pic.twitter.com/4iH5qx77Ee
— Jollof Rice Brand Ambassador (@_King_Akin) July 4, 2020
Some context: My family and I were going to Stone Mountain Park today and stumbled upon this protest. A little further down the road were Trump supporters on motorcycles with MAGA flags.
— Naomi (@naomiruta) July 4, 2020
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) July 5, 2020