“City of AtIanta lives forever.”
So read the first post by the new satirical Facebook page for the city of Atlanta, which replaced the last page after it was taken down following a prank about the “implosion” of the Confederate carving on Stone Mountain.
The page, which has poked fun at the city for nearly two years, was down only a few days after creating an event page for the implosion. Ben Palmer, a comedian who runs the page, posted that the monument, which he called a “symbol of white supremacy,” was set to blow last Sunday.
It was obviously a joke. The monument isn’t even in the city of Atlanta.
To come back, the page had to make a slight shift in name: From “City of Atlanta” to “City of AtIanta, GA.”
Palmer went quickly back to work last week.
He announced that the city would fly flags at half-staff in honor of the original page. Then he announced the latest plan for Stone Mountain, this time as a “reconstruction” rather than an implosion.
“Join us as we redesign America's largest Confederate monument!” the event page said. “Celebrate with us as we deconstruct a symbol of white supremacy and replace it with a large peach.”
The event was scheduled for this past Sunday. It didn’t happen.
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