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Why would Washington be offensive?

The annual MLK observance at the state house in Columbia SC had an interesting twist this year. The event is held on the north side steps of the statehouse. Prominent at that location is a large bronze statue of George Washington. This year, the NAACP constructed a "box" to conceal the Father of His Country from view so that participants would not be offended by his presence.

http://www.educationnews.org/breaking_news/106003.html

Unreal, people in this country are really losing it lol..just how ridiculous will it get?

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tnmomofive

Asked by tnmomofive at 4:39 PM on Jan. 18, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • tnmomofive

    Comment by tnmomofive (original poster) at 4:40 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Thats ridiculous. I bet theyd get pretty angry if someone covered up MLK images in order to keep others offended. Tolerance is a two way street.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 4:48 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Even with Washington having slaves people know and should have come to terms with our history. Very lame to cover the statue, imo.

    parrishsky

    Answer by parrishsky at 4:51 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • The only reason I can think of for doing this, was to keep focus on the Man of the hour. Seems a bit extreme to me tho.
    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 4:51 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Can you imagine the crap that would get stirred up if a statue of MLK was covered up so that people would not be offended? Sounds like an example of racism to me. Seems to me like next year they ought to find a new place to have the observance without any offensive founding fathers hanging around.
    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 4:54 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Is there a statement from the organizers saying that's why it was xcovered?
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:57 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Odd decision, IMO-
    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 4:57 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • I'm pretty sure it probably had something to do with visual effects and NOT because they were afraid it would offend anyone.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 5:02 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Racism comes in many forms, sounds like this is just another one. Sad to see that happen. Definitely does not show unity.
    Happymom1216

    Answer by Happymom1216 at 5:02 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • no offense, but the article links to (and directly quotes) someone's blog and no where is the NAACP quoted as saying the reasoning was to not offend anyone. seeing as the statue would be in view when someone spoke from the podium maybe they didnt want the statue distracting ppl from the speaker? or distracting from the man of the hour?

    either way it looks bad on the NAACP and next year they should find another speaking place, no matter their actual reasoning.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 5:03 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

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