Dungeon To Mountain: Sign A Petition To Honor Outkast Alongside Robert E. Lee
In music, the two members of Outkast are living legends. Andre 3000 and Big Boi have accomplished massive feats in Hip-Hop originality, style, and evolution, coupled with sales benchmarks and award acclaim.
However, as both MC/producers are natives of Georgia, a powerful grassroots petition is motioning to have Antwan André Patton and Andre Lauren Benjamin included on Stone Mountain, Georgia’s “Confederate Memorial Carving.” In granite, this monument presently includes Confederate Civil War figures such as General Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
The controversial carving was completed by Roy Faulkner in 1972, following more than 55 years of debate. Land owners deeded the face of the mountain to the United Daughters Of The Confederacy in 1916, following Helen Plane’s drafting of the design. Since purchase in 1958, the state has owned the land and the carving, having seen its completion. The land surrounding the monument has also been tied to a 1910s revival of the Ku Klux Klan.
One man, a Brooklyn, New York native named Mack Williams has launched on MoveOn.org petition, that has more than 11,700 signatures. In the wake of changes surrounding the governmental display of the Confederate flag, Williams motions that this will be a progressive step. “[The current Georgia figures on the stone] only represents a small, regrettable time in the history of the Peach State. It’s high time we added a bit more of our history and culture to this monument.” Mack adds that he wishes to see the diamond-selling duo in their signature car, the Cadillac—a vehicle associated with southern culture and status. “I believe that Daddy Fat Sacks and Three Stacks should be carved riding in a Cadillac. This will help the new carving blend nicely with the Confederates who are on horseback.”
Do you think with 500,000 signatures, the Peach State would take this seriously?