In recent weeks, we have faced heartbreaking news with the Charleston Massacre, and the subsequent aftermath of churches burning. And in the wake of debates about the Confederate flag, oppressive measures of systemic racism and gun control, its hard to see anything positive in the news cycle. But once in a while, it is good to see that there are positive changes occurring in the country as well, sometimes in the form of symbolism.
It has taken a while, but Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will finally be honored in his home state of Georgia. Artist Andy Davis has been chosen to create a sculpture that will be in the Capitol grounds, overlooking Liberty Plaza.
The best part about it is that the MLK statue will replace one of Tom Watson, who was a White supremacist politician. Now while we definitely should not mistake symbolic changes for ones that bear real consequence to the lives of everyday Black people, it makes a huge difference when a state chooses to recognize particular people in history.
We applaud Georgia for this move.