Rally draws 1,200 to State House
Marchers once again took on the Confederate flag during Monday’s King Day at the Dome rally, but they also spoke out against the 150th anniversary of South Carolina’s secession and legislative proposals to cut state spending on education and pass tougher anti-illegal immigration laws.
On a side note, something else occurred on the state house steps of South Carolina today. Something that seems to have completely escaped the notice of the majority of media in America today. It too was a part of the protest today and it was a backdrop to the speakers present to deliver their speeches as part of the NAACP protest. But no one seems to have taken much notice of it and it seems to have been completely overlooked by most everyone in the media involved in covering the protest in South Carolina today.
See if you can spot what occurred.
Flanked by (L)Edward Dubose and (R) Dr. Lonnie Randolph, Jr., Rev. William Barber, III instructs the crowd to insist and continue to fight until South Carolina takes down the Confederate flag from the State House grounds. Hundreds of people attended the prayer service, march and rally at the State House, Monday morning at the annual King Day at the Dome event. (photos by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin firstname.lastname@example.org) – Kim Kim Foster-Tobin/kkfoster@th/The State
Perhaps a different angle will help... This view was taken from behind the speakers podium.
In case you are having trouble figuring it out, here is the caption for the last photograph.
The monument of George Washington was concealed from the crowd during the King Day at the Dome rally. Hundreds of people attended the prayer service, march and rally at the State House, Monday morning at the annual King Day at the Dome event. (photos by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin email@example.com) – Kim Kim Foster-Tobin/kkfoster@th/The State
Here is another photo taken from the front at the protest today, showing the statue completely cloaked in a black fabric covered box behind the speakers podium.
The information that I have received from someone who was there today at the South Carolina King day celebration/protest, is that the statue of George Washington was covered up today, "so as not to offend anyone" attending the King day celebration on the state house steps.
I spent most of the afternoon and evening trying to locate media photographs of today's events, having been previously informed of the incident in a facebook posting. "The State" newspaper in Columbia SC is the only media outlet that can presently be located on the internet, that even noted the covering of the statue or mentioned it, or published photographs of the incident for that matter.
The bottom line, A statue of the father of this nation is boxed up and draped in black, so as not to offend people? At a celebration commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.? At a protest rally sponsored by the NAACP? And no one in national media notices or questions why? And no one in media (save one local newspaper) takes any notice or exception to it?
Those are just some of the questions that came to my mind this afternoon. I wonder if anyone else found today's actions by the NAACP questionable. I certainly hope so. The information and photos have been forwarded to several national and regional media outlets. I guess we will see what if any notice is taken after the fact.