My Facebook friend compared it to the Taliban’s destruction of Buddha sculptures in Afghanistan. While the carving itself isn’t as old as those sculptures, I do agree that the carving itself is historic in itself now and should not be removed.
The carving was started by Gutzon Borglum who also started Mount Rushmore and sculpted the North Carolina monument at Gettysburg.
Additionally, after a state flag fight that resulted in Georgia changing its state flag twice after a nasty round of politics on both sides, I’d doubt anyone had the stomach for such a fight in Georgia.
Also, how would it be funded if it were done? How would what the petitioner proposes to replace it be paid for?
The petition has been up just under a month and has a whole ten signatures now. There are three people in Georgia who signed it. Everyone else is from an area outside the South.
The petitioner identifies himself as McCartney Forde I. Yes that’s an I after his name.
Forde apparently works at an Apple Store in the Atlanta area and also is an actor on a web-only television series. You can see him listed 16th on the cast listing online if you feel like scrolling down that far. His favorite videos on YouTube are here.
On Twitter, he is @McCartneyForde and has 62 followers.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.