Wednesday, August 24, 2011

MLK Gets A DC Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr Memorial - The 30 foot tall "Stone of Hope" - was unveiled this week.

It is scheduled to be officially dedicated on Washington, D.C.'s National Mall on August 28, 2011 which is the 48th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The memorial is located adjacent to the FDR Memorial, between the Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial.

A few things:

- First off, this monument was made and designed by a Chinese Communist (Lei Yixin, a 57-year-old master sculptor from Changsha in Hunan province) - made with Chinese labor and Chinese granite. This artist has already carved two statues of the Communist murderer Mao Tse-tung, one of which stands in the former garden of Mao Anqing. It is absolutely incredible that this project was not awarded to a Black American sculptor! ... Someone who could truly appreciate the Civil Rights work of Dr. King. It is just amazing that we now have a national monument that has been outsourced to China! It is truly a sign of the times... and a very sad one at that.

- Second: Did you know? The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s family has charged the foundation building a monument (Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation) to the civil-rights leader on the National Mall about $800,000 to use his words and image. Do you think the Jefferson or Lincoln family was ever reimbursed for intellectual property used for their memorials?

- Third: This design of King with his arms folded and stuck in stone is just stupid looking. Dr. King looks like Hans Solo stuck in carbonite. In fact, I think the producers of Star Wars should sue this Chinese sculptor for stealing their design.

It's a terrible memorial to Dr. King.
What were these people thinking?

"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day." - Martin Luther King Jr - on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

UPDATE: Maya Angelou thinks this memorial makes Dr. King look arrogant.