To the Editor:
I recently saw on the T.V. channel 11 website in Atlanta where they were interviewing a person who has started an online petition to have the Confederate Memorial on Stone Mountain removed. Among other, one of the statements that he gave for this was that it did not reflect everyone in Atlanta.
Using his analysis then everything pertaining to the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta should be removed because that period of time only covered blacks winning their constitutional rights. So those monuments, memorials, statues, street names, etc. do not reflect everyone in Atlanta as whites already had their civil rights.
Another reason for him wanting to see the Confederate Memorial removed from the side of Stone Mountain is because the Ku Klux Klan had held rallies there. The Klan holding their rallies there in the past does not make this a memorial to the Klan any more than it makes it a memorial to gays because gays have visited this park.
While this person might not agree with the heroes of others he needs to understand that under America`s constitution they are entitled to pick & choose who their heroes are & when & where they honor them. Just as he is allowed to do with his hero`s & no one has to agree with him.
It amazes me that people like this person wants everyone to respect their rights but, its alright for them to deny those same rights to everyone else. Then have the nerve to call us Un – American because we want to remember our Georgia ancestors who served in the Confederate military.
Billy E. Price
Stone Mountain (Price)