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Cousins! The recently revealed statue in honor of the legacy of both Martin Luther King Jr and Coretta Scott King’s beloved union has been faced with mountains worth of criticism. Ranging from social media users commentary to even family member’s of the late social justice icons; the Boston based monument has been trending since its debut!
“The Embrace” by Brooklyn, New York artist Hank Willis was revealed on Friday January 13th at the Freedom Rally Memorial Plaza in celebration of Martin’s birthday and the National MLK holiday.
The monument showing only the couple’s arms is inspired by a photograph of Martin embracing Coretta after he won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.
Though the statue was met with much praise in honor of the King’s love for one another, folks on social media voiced how they were not too found of the statue failing to show their heads. Amongst the criticism and backlash surfaced a comment from Coretta’s own cousin who made it clear that he is not a fan of the monument either.
“For my family, it’s rather insulting. …Ten million dollars were wasted to create a masturbatory metal homage to my legendary family members,” wrote Coretta’s first cousin and community organizer Seneca Scott in an online essay.
He continued, “So now Boston has a big bronze penis statue that’s supposed to represent black love at its purest and most devotional. This is no accident. The woke algorithm is racist and classist. Therefore, its programming will always produce things that harm black and poor people.
“This sculpture is an especially egregious example of the woke machine’s callousness and vanity. Hopefully, it will show more black people that these progressives just aren’t in this for our benefit.
Seneca shares that he believes, “The mainstream media … was reporting on it like it was all beautiful, ’cause they were told they had to say that,” Scott told the tabloid. “But then when it came out, a little boy pointed out — ‘That’s a penis!’ and everyone was like, ‘Yo, that’s a big old dong, man.’”
Martin Luther King III shares the opposite beliefs as he says the monument symbolizes bringing people together. “I think that’s a huge representation of bringing people together,” King said. “I think the artist did a great job. I’m satisfied. Yeah, it didn’t have my mom and dad’s images, but it represents something that brings people together.”
Cousins, what your thoughts on “The Embrace” monument?