Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Save the USA from Sculptors!

I never realized the Union was so weak that it could be rent asunder or fundamentally changed by words on a monument. After all, the Lincoln Memorial is much bigger and famous than the installation described below but it wasn't until 43 years after the its "simple and dignified message of Freedom" (to quote the Park Service and their odd capitalization) was dedicated that the Voting Rights Act passed.

From the Christian Science Monitor:

"BALDWIN PARK, CALIF. – For a dozen years, a 20-foot monument has stood quietly at the rail stop in this predominantly Latino city. Ray Leyba had never bothered to read it - even though he lives next door. It wasn't until the monument became the focus of a group raging against illegal immigration that he walked across the street and looked at one inscription:
"This land was Mexican once, was Indian always and is, and will be again."

Mr. Leyba was surprised, but his response pales in comparison to the recent fury launched at the slab of concrete by Save Our State (SOS). Though not based in Baldwin Park, the group has spearheaded two recent protests, calling those words seditious and likening the town to "occupied territory," according to SOS founder Joseph Turner...."(read on)

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