In this article by Bill Mollison, Bill Mott, and Kevin Zeese, a statue of Justice is unveiled in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. In the past, statues of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X have been unveiled in front of the Capitol, but this is the first one that celebrates a political figure as well.
“For many years, it was considered the worst-designed statue of a political leader, but we have the most popular one,” Mollisons tells Mott and Zeese.
“In fact, we are even more popular than the statues of the other four presidents, and the average person who sees this is probably going to think it is the most well-designed one.”
The idea behind this statue is to highlight the political diversity of the United State and to draw attention to the important role that race plays in our country.
“I think we have this kind of moment where it’s just sort of, you know, the time of the year to do it,” Mott says.
“And I think it’s kind of an opportunity to do that, and to highlight some of the people that you don’t normally see on our side, the people who have been there, the political leaders that have been on our sides, and those are the ones that we’re interested in honoring.”
As Mott explains, the idea for the statue originated in a discussion with fellow Americans over dinner a few years ago.
“It’s just like, ‘Why don’t we make a statue to honor someone, and why don’t you give us the opportunity to vote for it?'” he says.
Mollys head is covered with a portrait of the late John F. Kennedy, who died at age 92 in 1963, while a portrait shows him at the podium in the Oval Office.
“The reason I wanted to put him in the middle of the statue is because that’s the seat that he’s sitting in,” he says of the President.
“Because it’s a place where people look up to him and say, ‘That man was right.’
And that’s kind, I think, how it feels to sit in that place.”
The statues are meant to represent people who represent different backgrounds, but they also highlight a larger picture of America.
“We need to make sure that when we talk about the diverse country, we’re not only talking about the black folks, we need to talk about people who are all around the country,” Mollaison says.
It’s also a moment to remember those who have made a difference in the world.
“There are so many of us, in this country, who have come together to fight for social justice, to fight to fight poverty, to help people.
And to do this work, we’ve all made a sacrifice.
We’ve all sacrificed, and we all deserve this.
So I think that the people of the country deserve to be able to say that they did something for us.
And so, to honor that, we have put a statue there that’s going to stand there for all of eternity.”
Mollions and Mott are planning to have the first three of the six statues built in 2017, and they have plans for a fourth statue to be unveiled at the same time, in 2019.
“When we finally get around to building it, I’m hoping that we can do it in the fall, and it will have the full moon and it’s going, ‘Wow, we did this!'”
Molliys father was a World War II vet, and Mollings grandfather was a Civil War soldier who served in the war in the Pacific.
The two of them were honored by the U.S. Army for their bravery during World War I. “They’re the first two, but I think I could do more than just one, because it’s not just the two of us that have to get there first,” Molls says.
The statues will be unveiled in a ceremony on June 25.
The event will be broadcast live on Fox News Channel, and is sponsored by the John M. Olin Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other organizations.