Boston’s New Martin Luther King Statue Ridiculed on Social Media

Ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. day, Boston unveiled a memorial to honor the civil rights hero, which generated more ridicule than praise.

The memorial, designed by Hank Willis Thomas, is supposed to depict the King family hugging after Martin Luther King Jr. received a Nobel Peace Prize award in 1964.

“In that picture, you can see the weight of him on her shoulders as they embrace,” he said. “And I realized that this was really a metaphor for his legacy — that she carried his legacy on her shoulders for several decades after he was assassinated.”

Many had questions about how the design could have been approved after viewing it from different angles.

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People on social media did not take exception to the statue’s message but most considered the design horrendous.

There is a social media controversy about the new bronze sculpture in the #Boston Common honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Called Boston’s “statue of liberty,” many are saying it resembles something else.

Conservative commentator Jack Posobiec said that many people will be afraid to call out the poor design choices for fear of being called racist.

“That Boston MLK’ statue’ is a good litmus test of who is willing to call out the absurdity and who is too afraid of being called raysiss” He said.

Another user jokingly remarked that while there are still racial divisions in the United States, white and black people can probably agree that the statue’s design looks more like a phallic object than a monument honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Even social justice advocates criticized the memorial, with one user calling it ‘disrespectful’ to Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy.

“A sculpture of Dr. King himself and even him and his wife would have been most appropriate. They met in Boston. This “Embrace” sculpture is very weird and does not represent the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s borderline disrespectful. Fire whoever did this,” the user said.

The statue reportedly came with a $9.5 million price tag.

Boston is one of a few cities that has weighed reparations for black residents, with the city commissioning a panel to discuss how much black Bostonians should receive.


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