Friday, April 08, 2011

The Civil War Continues In Georgia

The Civil War is upon us.

The Sesquicentennial of the dreadful conflict has arrived, and Governments and historical societies and are proclaiming Civil War events around the nation. Not without conflict however as in the case of the Georgia Historical Society who plans to install a marker that commemorates the burning of Atlanta in front of the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, the street named for the civil rights leader in Atlanta. Officials with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People say they would prefer a different site for a planned historical marker.

W. Todd Groce, president of the Historical Society, said the site was picked because it is where the burning took place

“It seems to be honoring something that reminds us of some tragic occurrences that happened to our people at the time. The whole war itself centered around the slave issue,” said R.L. White, president of the NAACP’s Atlanta branch. “We accept that it’s history but would like to see it done somewhere else than the heart of the civil rights historic district. It’s kind of tragic that the state is choosing that location.”

Now those who read my blog know I am occasionally accused of writing selective history, but someone help me out - are they objecting to a war monument to a war that freed the slaves? It literally makes no sense for the NAACP to object to an historical marker put in the history district of Atlanta. Why in the world is it “tragic” for the state of Georgia to choose that location? My only thought is that the NAACP, feel that MLK Drive should not be overshadowed in any way by another historical reference. It is also interesting to mention that most MLK Drives and other thoroughfares named after him in cities are areas of drug, prostitution and crime activity - I am sure the MLK Drive in Atlanta is no different so why isn't the NAACP complaining about that instead of a historical marker?

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