As the Georgia Legislative session comes to a merciful end, no calls have risen to sandblast the Confederate monument at Stone Mountain.
The massive sculpture of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis carved into the mountain will remain, rising above the kitschy state park now closed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Stacey Abrams in her unsuccessful gubernatorial race against Brian "Pandemic, What Pandemic?" Kemp called for the removal of the monument, completed after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision to demonstrate Georgia's resistance to integration. Work on the monument began with the revival of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 20th century.
The state would have to pay millions to blast away the sculpture, an even more unlikely expenditure in the wake of massive budget cuts following the pandemic shutdown. With schools and hospitals losing funding, the Confederate memorial appears invulnerable.
As other racist icons tumble, Georgia's monument to white supremacy will last forever.
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