Martin Luther King Jr. Monument Unveiled In Boston!
Following the unveiling of a memorial in Boston intended to recognize the contributions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, there was immediate backlash.
At the Boston Common site of King’s speech to 22,000 people on April 23, 1965, the 20-foot tall by 40-foot vast “The Embrace” statue was erected on Friday. King and Scott King were seen hugging when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and this photo inspired the sculpture.
Hank Willis Thomas, a conceptual artist from Brooklyn, created the work, but the fact that it only depicts the couple’s arms during their embrace and not their heads has drawn criticism and jeers online. Others uploaded memes and claimed it reminded them of a sex act, while some called it repulsive or insulting.
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Seneca Scott, a community activist and Scott King’s cousin from Oakland, California, told CNN that the statue was offensive to his family. In an essay that appeared in Compact Magazine, he previously referred to it as a “masturbatory metal homage.”
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It appears to be four hands if you can see it from all sides, and it’s probably two individuals hugging each other. The tragedy that other people focus on is a stump that resembles a penis rather than the missing heads. Scott told CNN that it was a prank.
Martin Luther King III, though, expressed his gratitude for being able to view a statue honoring the union and love of his parents on Monday. On Monday, he told CNN’s Don Lemon that he appreciated the memorial despite some people’s disapproval.
King stated, “I think that’s a great representation of uniting people. “I believe the artist did a fantastic job. I’m pleased. Yes, it was missing my parents’ pictures, but it still symbolizes a unifying factor.
We need symbols that speak about uniting us in this day and age, he continued, when there is so much separation.
CNN has contacted Thomas to remark on how “The Embrace” has been received. In his newsletter, Thomas stated earlier this month that the sculpture was “a monument to love and the power it has,” in addition to being a tribute to King and Coretta Scott King.
In response to the criticism, a spokesman for Embrace Boston, the nonprofit organization dedicated to racial and economic justice behind the monument’s construction, declined to comment and referred readers to King III’s remarks.
The organization’s website states that the memorial’s goal is to “inspire visitors to reflect on the ideas of racial and economic justice that both Kings preached.” If you think this is interesting, please share it with your friends. For more updates and the latest news regarding celebrities, Visit Newswatchlist.com.