Skip to comments.Post Columnist Says King Monument is Stalin-like (Marxist Luther King Memorial?)
Posted on 08/28/2011 5:56:34 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
Post Columnist Says King Monument is Stalin-like
A Washington Post columnist has criticized the new Martin Luther King, Jr. monument, while his paper is publishing a 24-page special supplement hailing the unveiling of the Stone of Hope in the memorial that includes the 30-foot tall statue of the civil rights leader.
Black columnist Courtland Milloy writes, Lets face it: There really is something peculiar about having an artist from communist China sculpt the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial statue. And, yes, it would have been fantastic had an African American sculptor been chosen instead.
He adds, The sculpture is based on a 1966 photograph of King taken in his office in Atlanta, standing at his desk, with a picture of Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi on a wall in the background. In it, King has soft eyes and an open face that conveys the blessed assurance of a man who walks by faith. Lei Yixin has turned those eyes into something of a steely squint. The result is a stern colossus, dressed no less in a style of suit similar to ones found on many statues of Stalin.
Milloy goes on to complain about the fact that the sculptor and the monument are from China. He writes, the fact remains that Lei hails from a country that oppresses ethnic minorities, exploits its workers, and jails human-rights activists and the attorneys who try to defend them. In their day, King and civil rights lawyer Thurgood Marshall would likely have been taken by the Red Guard and never heard from again.
The Red Guards were Maos representatives who would beat and kill people and destroy property in the name of revolution. One of their slogans was, Smash the old world; build a new world.
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File this one under IRONY
Courtland Milloy’s column “Having a black sculptor for King would have been nice” linked @
Mr. Obama tear down that statue!........
Milloy’s only problem with Stalin is that he wasn’t black.
Just another racist example of why DIVERSITY blows!
We were in DC a couple of weeks ago and saw the King Memorial and wasn’t impressed. They were putting the finishing touches on it but still, I thought it was mediocre.
However,the WW2 memorial was very impressive!
Looks more like Mugabe in a Mao suit.
“Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. Skousen claimed that an American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.””
king looks chinese! and part black.
There is a huge segment of people that are not happy with this memorial. Who in their right minds commissioned the Chinese do make this?
The statue is grotesque.
It is an insult to the memory of Dr. King.
I have in my mind a photograph of about 6-8 people dressed in black. They all have white, expressionless face masks. They are kneeling before the statue with their hands raised as in prayer and/or praise.
The guy didn’t even finish it! /s
The same people who paid the King family ~$880,000 dollars to use his words and likeness.
That is nasty.
Well since King was a Communist it seems fitting.
This depiction of King is slanderous, trashy amateur schlock. Far beyond ugly it is a vicious slander. This dispicable granite slab absolutely must be removed from public display and replaced with a genuinely artistic rendition of MLK worthy of his place in American history. It is an insult to one of the great moments in American history.
Is there a cultural committee in DC that has failed in its duty to approve monuments for their aesthetic and professional character?
The entire black community must be enraged that this ugly rendition of one of their greatest heroes has slandered him in the most formal and permanent manner possible.
Surely Martin’s enemies are celebrating.
Visit any post-Soviet country to see similar stalinist statues in public space. I’ve seen many and have photographs of them.
The two laborers seem to be displaying their deferrence to the Great Leader. It looks as though re-education camp really does work!
Giant head of a young Mao (look at the tiny people on the scaffolding in front)
I like these best:
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away". ~ Shelley
Yes. It’s also interesting that Mao and MLK are both clutching “papers” (what he was supposed to be holding?), the eyes are made similar, the Soviet style suit and the general overall look of utilitarianism makes him look like a Communist rather than a Christian. And why the Egyptian looking rocks?
Mao has a statue holding his little red book. It would have been nice to have seen MLK holding his Holy Bible.
My favorite Lenin Statue.
LOL! Lenin better lay off those beans.
It’s true, when you look at the photo, King looks humble and diminutive, even perhaps with a little fear.
The statue on the other had looks positively dictatorial, not to mention Asian...
I like those best as well. Put out to pasture, armless and legless, all can do is blather about who murdered the most people.
More Mao like to me.
REVERAND Martin Luther King.
Minister (clergy) has a memorial on U.S. Government property; and paid for and maintained by the U.S. Government.
My question is this - where are the “separation of church and state” people. I do not hear a proverbial PeeP out of those folks!!!
I would file this under sad...a great American hero depicted in such a trite and ugly fashion.
Martin Luther King was a conservative and woulda voted for Sarah Palin
someone who gets it....they should just hang a Viet Cong banner from it
and place Glenn Beck’s photo at the bottom at his feet...where Beck normally is when he speaks of King in hushed reverence
I hadn’t thought about it but maybe he was in the Muslim Brotherhood - a lot of them are Commies. It could be why they gave him that Egyptian look and it’s where it all began. I’m fascinated about this sculpter, they tell a story and this one isn’t telling the story we’re all familar with...
But it’s a “Stone of Hope.” Doesn’t that make it better? Stone of Hope sounds like something in a video fantasy game.
“Does this statue make my butt look big?”
Having seen a photo of the new statue. If it hadn’t been captioned with his name I would not have been able to figure out who it was.
Big aesthetic mistake.
File this one under IRONY
No. File it under the really sinister, nasty and wicked underbelly that has gotten a hold on our country.
Like the bean-eating Lenin, though ..... that's antidotal. LOL!
I like the photos of the discarded Lenin and Stalin -- I wish I had collected on one of those two-for-a-dollar sale the Russians were having on Communist statues 15 years ago; I'd have had them erected on an American courthouse lawn somewhere, or maybe in the Texas Capitol rotunda as trophies of Charlie Wilson's War.
Not a chance, King was on the left, broke with LBJ over Vietnam and “too little” urban spending. It is his niece who became conservative, not other family members.
u did see the /s?
I am probably one of the more outspoken critics of demigod Martin on the forum.
All kids here need to do is go read what Magnus, Buckley and Goldwater said about King at that time as they lived that era which has now been so lied about over and over on purpose to hide the truth
and then read King’s own BS....reams of it how far left he was