View Full Version : Martin Luther King Memorial Made in China

08-23-2011, 04:21 PM
It is perhaps a fitting tribute to racial co-operation. However, the decision to outsource to China the carving of a new national memorial to Martin Luther King has raised eyebrows in the United States.

The 30ft-tall statue, which forms the centrepiece of a $120 million (73 million), four-acre memorial to Dr King, opened to the public on Monday on the National Mall in Washington. It is the only memorial on the Mall that does not honour a president or fallen soldiers.

Standing in the shadow of the Washington Monument, the statue shows Dr King emerging from a mountain of Chinese granite with his arms crossed and is called The Stone of Hope.

However, there has been controversy over the choice of Lei Yixin, a 57-year-old master sculptor from Changsha in Hunan province, to carry out the work. Critics have openly asked why a black, or at least an American, artist was not chosen and even remarked that Dr King appears slightly Asian in Mr Lei's rendering.


08-23-2011, 05:07 PM
Personally, I think it's kind of ugly. I've been to the MLK museum in Atlanta, which is awesome and includes Ebenezeer Baptist Church on the site.

I think there is only one place suitable for such a large statue of MLK-Stone Mountain, GA, right next to the confederate memorial.

08-24-2011, 04:25 PM
even remarked that Dr King appears slightly Asian in Mr Lei's rendering.

Actually, he looks pissed off.

08-24-2011, 05:11 PM
Actually, he looks pissed off.

Well I can't blame him considering just what todays so called black leadership has done with his legacy. If MLK was alive today he would be pissed at what's going on.

08-24-2011, 05:16 PM
Why would someone have to be black to do it? I thought King was all about equality. I'd bet he wouldn't have cared who did it.