The Washington Mall is one of the greatest places in America to take a long stroll. An hour or two of your time, could bring about a beautiful sense of awareness of our history. However, there is one memorial that I refuse to visit. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of my favorite Americans, but his memorial is awful. In addition to it being an overall ugly memorial – Martin Luther King was humble, and the memorial makes him like he is big, scary and mean – there are plenty of reasons why you should not only avoid it, but also hope for its destruction.
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Reasons why the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial should be destroyed:
It is made in China: I know nearly everything we use, including our tables, coat hangers, and coffins are made in China, but do we really need to import a monument for one of our national heroes? With the recession putting tons of Americans out of work, and outsourcing eliminating plenty of American jobs even before the recession, it would have been nice to give work to one of our own artists. If there weren’t any suitable artists, let me take you on a stroll through Harlem, or the South Bronx, and I can show you plenty of Americans who would have done an amazing job, with pride.
It is made in China: Martin Luther King believed in democracy. He wanted voting rights to be expanded and all barriers to full participation in our republic removed. China is an authoritarian oligarchy, with only one political party. The Martin Luther Kings of present-day China are all serving lengthy jail terms. The last time China had anything resembling King’s March on Washington was in 1989 in Tiananmen Square, and we all know how that ended.
It is made in China: Martin Luther King stood up for the rights of America’s minorities. In China, ethnic minorities are persecuted, or their lands are occasionally turned into amusement parks. The Uighurs and Tibetans have had their lands confiscated and given to majority Han Chinese, and the Dai have to celebrate their yearly holidays every day for the amusement of the Han.
It is made in China: Let’s be honest. How many statues of Chairman Mao sitting in Beijing were made in the USA? Exactly!
The sculptor, that made the memorial, Lei Yixin, has said “Martin Luther King is not only a hero of Americans, he also is a hero of the world, and he pursued the universal dream of the people of the world.”
Lei is right. What’s wrong though, is that Lei made the monument. Our national monuments should be made in America. A monument to a hero of democracy and defender of minorities shouldn’t be made in a country that stifles democracy while repressing its own minorities. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial should be destroyed.