Triggered Georgia State University Students Want to Remove Statue of a Famous Journalist
In the latest episode of leftist iconoclasm, several Georgia State University students called for the removal of the Henry W. Grady monument due to his controversial views on race.
Several student organizations published an open letter in the student newspaper, The Signal, which was directed at Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
In the letter, they asked Bottoms to consider removing the monument that sits in downtown Atlanta at Marietta and Forsyth.
The conversation started in November, when The Signal’s staff received numerous complaints about Grady’s racist views during Reconstruction.
Editor-in-Chief David Varitek said once the complaints were discovered to be true, the paper felt obligated to reveal this information the public.
Once we actually started to put pen to paper, we realized that all of this was true,” Varitek stated. “Despite what many may have you believe, Grady is not an outstanding character in our city’s history. Grady is actually a brazen racist and white supremacist. And so then, we asked the question of ourselves why is he being civically revered in a public square with a statue that towers over our city?
Removing the statue will not be easy given some of the legislative realities in Georgia. Earlier in the year, state legislators passed SB77, which made monument removal illegal. Varitek believes that the conversation would lead to changes and other ways of addressing the issue.
“We would like a plaque erected adjacent to the statue that places Henry Grady’s legacy in the least into historical context, Varitek stated. “Secondly, we would like to see Mayor Bottoms come out and oppose this state law. And thirdly, we would like to see eventually that this statue relocated. But, we understand that it’s presently illegal to do that.”
Grady became famous for being the managing editor of The Atlanta Constitution and a notable public speaker.
Today, several buildings and schools are named after Grady which include Grady High School, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the University of Georgia School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
The Left is moving according to its politically correct script of subverting American culture by attempting to destroy Grady’s legacy through statue removal.
By labeling everything as “racist”, practically any artifact of American history—from the Founding up until the New Deal—can be banned according to the logic employed by the increasingly rootless and globalist Left.