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George Washington Statue Covered to Prevent Martin Luther King
Celebrants From Being Offended-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: This forwarded email says that the
National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People (NAACP) constructed a box around a statue of George
Washington at a 2011 Martin Luther King Jr.
observance ceremony in Columbia, South Carolina. The email says that the NAACP did this out of
concern that participants would not feel offended by its presence.
The Truth: There was an event
celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. in Columbia, South
Carolina and according to a
January 18, 2011 article in South Carolina's The State, a statue of George
Washington was covered by a three-sided structure that was "intended to
display a rally graphic and serve as a photo-and-television backdrop for
the event’s speakers."
The statue of the
First President has been
covered in past events and the article said that their archives showed
similar structures erected dating back as far as 2007. We have found no
evidence that this was purposely meant to hide the statue of Washington
this year or any years prior.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
The annual MLK observance at the state
house in Columbia, SC had an interesting twist this year. The event is
held on the north side steps of the statehouse. Prominent at that
location is a large bronze statue of George Washington. This year, the
NAACP constructed a “box” to conceal the Father of His Country from view
so that participants would not be offended by his presence.
I could hardly believe my eyes when I
saw this picture of the MLK Day rally in Columbia, South Carolina
yesterday. This rally was sponsored by the NAACP and they said that they
covered the statue because they “didn’t want to offend anyone”. Really?
George Washington is the father of this nation.. How is he offensive to
Can you imagine what would happen if
we covered the statue of Dr. King on President’s Day? Of course, this
disgusting display of anti-Americanism wasn’t covered at all by the
national media and only the local paper in Columbia had a little piece
on it. It has been covered a little by the blog-world and I think the
word needs to get out to the general public that this is what the NAACP
is all about…..militant, hateful and racist. In doing this, they
disrespected Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I bet he would be equally
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