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A confederate flag flies at the base of Stone Mountain Park (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A confederate flag flies at the base of Stone Mountain Park (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Fear Over “Pro-White” Rally Forces Georgia High School To Move Its Prom

A Georgia high school announced Thursday that it will be moving the location of its April 23 prom after many parents became afraid of a “pro-white” rally scheduled the same day at Stone Mountain.  After noticing the rally took place just hours before the prom was scheduled to begin, school officials began working with law enforcement to plan how to keep kids safe in the park alongside white supremacists and counter-protesters.

One week ago, Peachtree Ridge High School in Gwinnett County notified parents of the risk that would come with the presence of members from “Rock Stone Mountain,” a “pro-white” group of protesters and promised them that law enforcement would be present to separate protestors from counter-protestors and to keep them away from the students.

Today the school has announced that it was able to get out of its booking contract and had moved the April 23 prom to the Buckhead Westin.

According to the AJC, several groups have protested in Stone Mountain Park after officials announced that they were erecting a monument there to honor Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Ku Klux Klan itself has rallied at the proposed site of the “Freedom Bell,” which would bear the text of King’s historic “I have a dream” speech.

As Southern Poverty Law Center reports,

The proposed bell, engraved with King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, would sit atop a granite wall – larger than Mount Rushmore – bearing the images of Confederate heroes Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis.

This addition of the Freedom Bell has offended many “pro-white” activists who consider Stone Mountain Park to be a sacred site of the modern KKK.

The Stone Mountain landmark is in a 3,200-acre state park that is a dedicated Confederate War memorial – a site that’s also hollowed, historic ground to the KKK which has held cross burnings and membership rituals there in decades past.

 Confederate heroes Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson, carved into the side of Stone Mountain. Photograph: Alamy
Confederate heroes Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson, carved into the side of Stone Mountain. Photograph: Alamy

Stone Mountain is historic in a civil rights context for being mentioned at the end of the “I have a dream” speech.   “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia,” King said as he delivered the 1963 speech in Washington.

Some groups, such as the Georgia NAACP want the confederate carvings removed entirely.  “African Americans have a long history of adjusting, just getting by,” said Richard Rose, the head of the NAACP chapter. “The town of Stone Mountain – not the theme-park village, but the town around it – is 75% black. It’s easy for people to walk to work at the mountain, and just accept it.”

“This will be an openly Pro White March up Stone Mountain that climaxes in a rally at the top. It is to be followed by a Pro White concert at a separate location that evening,” the Rock Stone Mountain Facebook event page says.  At the time of writing, 336 people are marked “going.”

The Facebook page also links to a mission statement where the group outlines its fears of genocide against white people.

 The race that gave birth to Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and the true nobility of Robert E. Lee, is under attack. Only 8 percent of the world population is White, and only 2 percent of the world population is comprised of White women of child bearing age. That makes the White race the true “minority” and the extinction of our people a very real threat.

The full text of that statement is available here.

The Confederate Heritage group, the coalition “All Out Atlanta,” and two others are reported to be planning counter-protests against Rock Stone Mountain.

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