Atlanta City Councilman Michael Bond said this week that he had been flooded with threats after he proposed updating a Civil War monument to include Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Jimmy Carter.
Earlier this week, Bond hand delivered a letter to Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's office asking for a formal group to study the possibility of adding other prominent Georgians to Stone Mountain.
The mountain, which was the birthplace of the modern Ku Klux Klan, currently features four Confederate generals carved into what is thought to be the largest exposed piece of granite in the world. The Georgia Legislature had funded the completion of the monument the same year that Martin Luther King Jr. mentioned the mountain in his "I Have A Dream Speech."
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
But Bond told WAGA that many of the people who contacted him were so upset about the idea of making the monument more inclusive that he felt the need to contact the local police department and the Department of Homeland Security.
"We have emails, they range from support to at least one that is absolutely a threat," he explained.
The email accused Bond of being "nothing but a scumbag piece of s*hit."
"I hope you and your family eat sh*t and choke and die," the emailer wrote. "Black lives don't matter. The only good n****r is a dead n****r."
Bond said that he was concerned about his safety, but he was not deterred from exploring the options for Stone Mountain.
"I'm going to take it in stride," he remarked. "It underscores to me more of the reason to have the debate, more of the reason to have the discussion so that these types highly negative and printing and poison attitudes can be confronted."
Watch the video below from WAGA, broadcast July 22, 2015.