The raging leftist outlet Mic.com had a vision that one day, all Confederate monuments in the United States would be torn down and replaced with monuments honoring the contributions of prominent figures from the black community. Their dream is closer to reality with the launch of The Black Monuments Project.
With dozens of black celebrities and politicians on board, the push is to get statues of black heroes in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories.
“We can do better,” states the campaign. “That these Confederates are lionized in the form of at least 718 statues and memorials across the nation reflects how invested many Americans remain in affirming the white supremacy they sought, and celebrating a past where slavery defined the racial hierarchy.”
Inspired by Bree Newsome, who climbed the Confederate flag pole at the South Carolina Statehouse in 2015 to tear down the southern flag, the Black Monuments Project hopes to tear down more monuments dedicated to the historical Civil War and replace them with “black heroes… instead of the white supremacists who would see them locked in chains.”
For instance, where the Confederate flag used to fly in the capitol of South Carolina, the group would like to see a statue of the Charleston Nine — the black churchgoers murdered by Dylann Roof:
In the months leading up to the massacre he carried out at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, Dylann Roof gave himself tours of the abundant Confederate markers and slave plantations dotting South Carolina. The trip fueled his appreciation for the violence these places commemorated. Might a comparable abundance of black monuments plant a greater respect for black humanity in others?
In place of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, these activists want a monument dedicated to Henrietta Lacks, “the black woman whose cells were stolen by doctors and formed the basis for decades of vital medical research.”
At Mic.com, there are suggestions for monuments in every state, including one of Prince in Minnesota, Rep. Maxine Waters in Missouri, anthem kneeler Colin Kaepernick in Wisconsin, Anita Hill in Oklahoma, Rep. John Lewis in Georgia, Trayvon Martin in Florida, one for Black Panther Aaron Lloyd Dixon in Washington state, and Michelle Obama in Illinois. Astonishingly, there is no proposed statue to honor Barack Obama in the initial rollout.
The campaign adds:
“Imagining an America free of Confederate monuments, where black heroes are valorized instead of those who viewed them as subhuman, mirrors a pattern that marks much American discourse on the subject. Even as white supremacists continue rallying around these monuments and some political figures double down on keeping Confederate statues erect, a movement to tear them down gains energy… May the Black Monuments Project push the conversation forward. Happy Black History Month.”
Mic posted a video of the celebrities sharing the proposed nominees:
It should be noted that no one is stopping them from doing this themselves. There's enough money represented in the video to at least get the ball rolling. Build them, put them up. But it appears that, like all leftist ideas, they would rather use other people's money. That's going to be a hard sale when they're honoring Kaepernick and a Black Panther. How about they put those up on their own property? Show us your dedication to this project. We'll wait.