3:05 PM, Jul 17, 2015 • By DANIEL PICKERT
The NAACP chapter in Atlanta, Georgia, has demanded the destruction of a famous, engraved Confederate depiction near their city. The largest bas-relief in the world, sculpted on the north face of Stone Mountain, just a 30-minute drive east of Atlanta, the relief consists of Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.
A recent petition garnering a lot of attention offers an alternate solution. Instead of demanding the artwork be erased, artist Mack Williams is requesting to add members of Outkast, the world famous rap duo who originated in Atlanta, to the background of the Confederate depiction. Outkast, comprised of members Andre 3000 and Big Boi, has been vital to Georgian culture over the years and many argue that the duo needs to be properly recognized for its work.
“By no means do we wish to erase or destroy the current carving, which, regardless of its context, is an impressive and historic work of art,” the petition states. “We simply wish to add new carvings, of Atlanta hip-hop duo Outkast, to the mountainside. There’s plenty of room.”
The petition needs at least 2,000 signatures to be presented to the Georgia state house, senate, and governor, Nathan Deal. According to CNN, 5,600 people have already signed the petition, believing this is a SpottieOttieDopaliscious compromise that will not have people needing to say, “Sorry Mr. Jackson.”
Daniel Pickert is an intern at The Weekly Standard.
Sherman breaks the deadlockNov 10, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 09 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
On September 2, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln received a telegram from General William Tecumseh Sherman that read, “Atlanta is ours, and fairly won.” This was more than a victory. It was deliverance.
Another federal education boondoggle?Feb 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21 • By MARY GRABAR
As the nation observed the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty in early January, the 2014 Georgia Family Engagement Conference here drew over 1,200 participants, up from 800 at the inaugural state conference in 2012. About a dozen states have held such confabs, pursuant to the “Parental Involvement” section of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, an arm of the War on Poverty that sends federal funds to low-income-area schools in hopes of “equalizing” so-called educational outcomes.
Is the Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons the best ever?3:36 PM, Sep 16, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
Of the 39 most awesome jobs in America, only the nine members of the Supreme Court have lifetime tenure. Major League Baseball’s 30 shortstops, on the other hand, are always looking over their shoulder. Every ground ball in the hole, every slow roller dribbling past the mound, every relay throw from the outfield is another test, another risk to be replaced by some slick-fielding Dominican phenom lighting up Double-A ball. Still, it’s safe to say that Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons’s job is his for some time to come, for the 24-year-old has established himself as the best defensive shortstop in the game. Indeed, some are already wondering if, in only his second year of big league ball, Simmons has entered the pantheon of baseball’s greatest glovemen, taking his place among the likes of Ozzie Smith, Luis Aparicio, and Mark Belanger.
And they aren’t students.May 13, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 33 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The front page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution one day in late March was almost completely taken up by news of indictments of 35 public employees. They were not legislators or crooked cops but principals and teachers in the Atlanta school system. They had been doing what one expects to hear students have been doing—namely, cheating on exams.
10:41 PM, Mar 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a posh fundraiser in Atlanta, where 40 guests each paid $35,800 to attend, President Obama talked about . . . the weather. As today's White House pool reporter notes:
Potus talked about how he had been in Chicago and Atlanta and how the weather was so warm. “It gets you a little nervous about what is happening to global temperatures. When it is 75 degrees in Chicago in the beginning of March, you start thinking. On the other hand, I really have enjoyed nice weather.”
Terry Eastland reviews Lang Whitaker's 'In the Time of Bobby Cox.'11:02 AM, Mar 7, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Terry Eastland reviews In the Time of Bobby Cox by sportswriter and Atlanta Braves fan Lang Whitaker. The book chronicles the Cox era in Atlanta, when the Braves won a record 14 consecutive divisional titles and Cox solidified himself as, among other things, the most ejected manager in major league history. (Oh yeah, he also has the fourth-highest number of overall wins by a manager.) Here's a snippet:
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