We’re sorry “Stonewall” Jackson, Outkast is for real.
In the wake of the horrific Charleston shootings and last week’s call by the NAACP to sandblast the faces of three Confederate leaders off Stone Mountain, a Georgia-based artist has a new idea. Why not add the faces of Outkast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi, the fathers of southern hip-hop, onto the mountain? Artist Mack Williams addressed the idea to Georgia’s state house, senate, and Governor Nathan Deal in a MoveOn.org petition, stating: “By no means do we wish to erase or destroy the current carving, which, regardless of its context, is an impressive and historic work of art. We simply wish to add new carvings, of Atlanta hip-hop duo Outkast, to the mountainside. There’s plenty of room.”
The petition now has over 11,800 supporters and was recently endorsed with a big “thumbs-up” emoji by Big Boi on Twitter. Although changes to this historical landmark seem as unlikely as the hip-hop legends producing another record together, this is a wake-up call for the state to do something to recognize two of its most culturally significant sons. “Outkast are two of the greatest Georgians in the history of our state,” Williams says. “It's about time the Empire State of the South paid proper tribute to them, while also improving a great monument and tourist attraction.”
Sign the petition at MoveOn.org