- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The NAACP’s Atlanta chapter wants the images of Civil War luminaries Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson sandblasted off the side of Stone Mountain, in the latest backlash against America’s Confederate past since the Charleston church shootings last month.

“All of this recognition of Confederate generals is upholding the white supremacy on which the Confederacy was founded and the war was fought,” local chapter president Richard Rose said of the carvings at Stone Mountain Park, a local CBS affiliate reported.

“It is time for Georgia and other Southern states to end the glorification of slavery and white supremacy, paid for and maintained, with the taxes of all its citizens,” he said.

Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson said the park, which is owned by and run by the State of Georgia, serves as a museum for the Confederacy, CBS reported.

“Where do we draw the line? Do we blast the faces off of Stone Mountain?” he asked.

“Yes,” Mr. Rose responded. “They can sandblast Lee, Jefferson Davis and Jackson off tomorrow. I’d be extremely elated.”

The chapter president called it “unfair, unfortunate, and unconscionable” for the state to spend taxpayer dollars in upholding and preserving Confederate monuments and symbols.

A compromise, Mr. Rose said, would be to add other figures to Stone Mountain who have been “instrumental in bringing peace between the races” and in “elevating Georgia beyond the Civil War and Jim Crow eras,” CBS reported.

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