However, Ron Radosh got on the beat earlier. On August 23rd, wrote about the similarities between the memorial statue and the many monuments to Mao Tse-Tung in China.
As the report accompanying this photo notes, the statues are going up again throughout China, and older ones are being carefully restored. They are all quite huge, and have the same effect when one looks at them as one has looking at the giant King now in Washington, D.C.
So am I not surprised, after a quick internet search, to find out that sculptor Le Yixin is — yes, you guessed it– most well known for his sculptures of Mao Zedong.
So, our greatest civil rights leader, a man dedicated to non-violence, Ghandian principles applied to oppression within a democratic society, is honored by a sculptor whose background is that of fashioning tributes to one of the late century’s most horrible tyrants and mass murderers.