Virginia’s politics are maddeningly decorous, hidebound and controlled by reactionaries who hang onto their majority by the thinnest margin. Fortunately we have a bomb governor, the kindly pediatrician - right out of central casting - gentle, straight-talkin’ slight southern accented - though apparently his elbows are sharp which I guess is necessary in the viper’s nest of the statehouse. Charlottesville’s truly admirable representative, Delegate Toscano, has proposed that localities be allowed control of burdensome monuments from the past that afflict many town squares in the Commonwealth, most glaringly the gaudy, large, KKK sponsored 1920s era monuments to various confederates like we have here. Remembering the news from a year and half ago, the city’s proposed re-location of these bronze and stone tumors ostensibly brought the drek of the right wing to our yard, resulting in the deadly riot and politically motivated, even approved attack on our small city.
Well, the GOP controlled reps in Richmond care not and though they are for Smaller Government! Individual Rights! not in this case. OR if you are a woman of childbearing age - don’t get me started - Charlottesville (area) is also the home of Transvaginal Rob Bell - SO
1. militias remain welcome to march around with their machine guns in our town - yours, too if you are in the Old Dominion and
2. Gotta keep the monuments to racial hatred
When we moved here 20+ years ago, I was appalled but almost amused by the presence of these statues. They seemed moldy and fusty, forgotten relics. It did eventually become clear that a small subset of kooks revered this polished up history of the civil war and its despicable relics. From time to time random weirdos appear in the nearby park which has one of these monstrous statues, often playing dress up and saluting the monument and calling out God Bless You in the most aggressive way I’ve ever been blessed (and I have experienced God Bless You, or I’ll Pray For You in very hostile ways - it’s somewhat like ‘Bless Your Heart’ It can go one of two ways and usually not the nice way). Oh yes and of course, they are armed.
It took the ‘election’ of Trump to really bring them out from under their rocks.
I often think that if the Heller Decision had happened a decade earlier, I would not have moved here. Of that I am sure. We seemed to be in a generally progressive era, still, in the mid-1990s. lolz.
This is all a giant caption to my proposal, one of many from our community, students at UVA and surely others, for how to address one of the most loathsome of these statues, particularly because it is located in a central, elevated spot in one of main downtown parks, one I walk through every gahdamn day.
Edited to add - WELL! don’t things happen fast and probably Governor Northam a. is not as nice as I was thinking and b. will soon be former former governor but the good news is c. Justin Fairfax, Lt Governor will be governor - yay! So, Northam’s bad judgement as a young person, wearing blackface/KKK robes was terrible bad taste but WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU ABOUT VIRGINIA?? Good, this may force him out YET we have to continue to live with these f*cking KKK statues??? We have got LONG way to go in Va