Stone Mountain Park in Georgia currently features a gigantic stone monument depicting Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. But with your help, the carving could expand to include two dope boys in a Cadillac.
As we've seen with the battle to take down the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse, many are working to rid the South of any government-supported Confederate displays. The huge carving into the side of Stone Mountain is the latest to come under fire, with the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP launching a new petition that calls for its removal. Likely hip-hop fan and bright thinker Mack Williams has a different idea, launching his own petition that calls for André 3000 and Big Boi to be added to the sculpture, riding dirty in an old-school Caddy alongside the dead rebels.
Williams' petition, which you can check out and sign below, points out that while it is "important to recognize the history and heritage of the state" the current monument reflects only a "small, regrettable time in the history of the Peach State." As he puts it, it's "high time we added a bit more of our history and culture." Amen. Though the NAACP would rather see the piece sand-blasted, Williams notes that the carving is an impressive and historic work of art. What better way to keep it around and appeal to those who see it as a sign of ye olde racism than turning it into a tribute to the greatest Southern hip-hop duo of all time? (Apologies to UGK and, to a lesser extent, the Ying Yang Twins.)
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Arguably the best part of the campaign? "I believe that Daddy Fat Sacks and Three Stacks should be carved riding in a Cadillac (as is their want). This will help the new carving blend nicely with the Confederates who are on horseback." Damn you Mack Williams, you're a genius. As you can see, Big Boi is already on board.
The petition has already surpassed 4,300 of a needed 5,000 signatures at the time of this being written, so get to laying down that John Hancock immediately. Be careful, though, this could end up setting a dangerous precedent. What's next, Future added to Mount Rushmore? The Lincoln Monument, featuring Kanye West? The Drake & Jefferson Memorial? We can only hope.
[By Brendan Varan, Outkast aficionado and stone carving enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter.]