Let’s jump right on in, shall we?
I am forever amazed that America remains the only nation in the world (I've yet to find another) to allow the flag of an organization that engaged in an armed insurrection against our government to fly over state government property. This is America and individuals have the right to praise and honor anti-government insurgencies, but when government does that shit it’s an entirely different thang. I speak from personal experience, since Missouri had a Governor who pandered to his Confederate adoring base while in office…ignoring the fact that Missouri state spiraled into horrific guerilla warfare during the Civil War and is still dealing with the ramifications of that shit today.
And now Virginia isn’t for lovers anymore.
The Governor of Virginia has proclaimed that April is Confederate History Month.
Let’s call shit shit…Virginia will not be engaging in a comprehensive exploration of it’s history with the Confederacy. Virginia will be honoring the Confederacy while ignoring any and all negatives. Token criticism may occur…but the goal here is to make supporters of the Confederacy happy and they aren’t happy about criticism.
Some will argue that the Governor of Virginia has the right to proclaim April Confederate History Month…and they are probably correct.
But by doing so he has branded Virginia as a pro-Confederacy anti-America rebellion honoring state…a place where folks who support the ideals of the Confederacy are welcome and a place where residents are encouraged to honor the group behind our most tragic rebellion.
The fact that this panderific move will help Virginia’s Governor with his conservative base is also telling. He could have encouraged investment to create more jobs or improve education and opportunities for higher education…but his conservative base wants a month honoring Confederate history.
Illuminating, isn’t it?
I have no nostalgia for the Civil War.
623,026 American soldiers died…countless others were maimed and injured…society was torn asunder…President Lincoln was assassinated...and many states still nurse the wounds of our nation’s homegrown insurgency.
No, I don’t get nostalgic for that shit.
I believe in exploring history…the good, the bad and the ugly of it.
We can avoid tragedy if we learn from tragedies…
…but we do nothing but encourage tragedy and division when we exalt tragedies.
But here we are…and Virginia is now for lovers of the Confederacy.
Next step in the re-branding of Virginia tourism – how about a Birth of a Nation advertising campaign?