Oh, hell yeah!
Courtesy of The Hill:
Thousands are signing onto a petition pushing for a Confederate statue in Anderson, South Carolina, to be replaced by a memorial for actor Chadwick Boseman, who was born there.
The petition, which was posted online over the weekend, has racked up more than 6,300 signatures in the past two days.
“Mr. Boseman is without question an American treasure and his accolades go on and on. It is only fitting that his work is honored in the same place that birthed him,” the petition states, adding: “As fellow citizens go about their day they should have a face that sees all people as equal. That sees all citizens regardless of outward appearance as a member of the Anderson community.”
Another petition calling for the Confederate monument in the town to be moved to the Anderson County Museum and replaced with a statue of the “Black Panther” actor, who died Friday at the age of 43 after fighting colon cancer, has attracted over 740 supporters.
According to local media, the call is targeting a Confederate monument that was erected in the town in 1902. The statue, which depicts a soldier standing atop a platform, sits in front of courthouse and reads the words, “The world shall yet decide, in truth’s clear, far-off light, that the soldiers who wore the gray, and died with Lee, were in the right,” according to a state website.
Oh, it is way past time that statue gets torn down.
And replacing it with one of Chadwick Boseman seems like a sweet, sweet victory for all of those who suffered under the yoke of slavery.
I was already a big fan of Boseman’s after watching the Black Panther and some of his later work, but damn when I found out how giving he was to those in need while waging his own battle with cancer I was overwhelmed with admiration.
The man deserves multiple statues, and if they happen to replace Confederate statues all over the country, well then so be it.