Replace the Statue of Liberty with a statue of Pop Smoke (Bashar Jackson)

Replace the Statue of Liberty with a statue of Pop Smoke (Bashar Jackson)

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Cam Tower started this petition to Andrew Cuomo and

“One legend claims the first “Statue of Liberty” was modeled after a black woman and had African features. In addition, the point of the statue was not to honor immigrants but rather to commemorate the abolition of slavery in America, in particular the service of black Union soldiers in the Civil War. The statue carried broken chains to symbolize emancipation.

So, as many believe, the sculpture that rises grandly from Liberty Island in New York Harbor is not the original Statue of Liberty. Conceived by French scholar and activist Édouard de Laboulaye and wrought by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the Statue of Liberty’s intention was not only to represent the admiration of the people of France for America, but to equally illustrate the changing nature of liberty, including its racial dimensions, in French history.

Some say the current white statue was substituted for the original when American politicians objected to the portrayal of Liberty as a black woman. Some have even argued that the original black statue still exists, either in France or hidden somewhere in the catacombs of New York.” - Afram News

Racial tensions in America, to put it lightly, have room for improvement. Today, July 3, as we prepare to celebrate our country’s founding - a country with a scarring history of racial injustices that plague millions of lives daily - we are at a point where we as American citizens can make significant changes to finally unite a divided country and solidify that all Americans and those on American soil are created equal in the eyes of God. This, of course, requires significant legislation and action by our elected representatives. I however, think it is needed to erect a symbol that we all could look to when fighting for change and progress. That’s why I’m writing to Governor Andrew Cuomo, The United States Houses of Representatives and Senate, and the President, to have the Statue of Liberty replaced with a 305 foot tall statue of fallen rapper, and icon, Pop Smoke (real name Bashar Barakah Jackson).

After listening to the posthumous masterpiece that was Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, I believe that Pop Smoke, adorned in his translucent Louis Vuitton button-up and undershirt, overlooking New York Harbor, would and should be the new symbol for what America should aim for; prosperity for all.

 

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