Yesterday one of my best friends rode with me to D.C. and we had a nice time driving and talking. She’s a black lady I knew for 30 years or more. We worked together at different places in Richmond. There were years we didn’t see each other but we always reconnected.
One topic that came up was the monuments to the Confederate generals being taken down. There might be another one still standing, I’m not sure, but the one I’m thinking about isn’t on Monument Ave. Since I left Richmond 4 years ago and they have messed up Broad St. so bad with rerouting the street it’s really difficult to drive. but that’s a complaint for another day. I rarely drive through Richmond these days.
The thing about the monuments is, when I moved to Richmond from PA. in 1976, one of the first things that concerned me was the Confederate monuments. I knew they would have to come down that long ago and I told people it would be a big problem eventually if they kept them. They told me the monuments belong to the state not the city. As if the city didn’t want to take responsibility for them.
In this photo people are praying for peace.
I wonder why the HMFICs waited until things got really bad before they took the monuments down when I knew it 40 years ago. They knew as well as I did. What? They didn’t want to hear backlash from die hard Confederates? They got some worse backlash than they would have had from Confederates.
I hope this means the Civil War is finally over. (150 years too late)
And as a damn Yankee who was born to rebel, those generals were never my heroes. I hope they replace the monuments with nonpolitical subjects like cool stuff, angels, dragons, dogs and cats, or even crappy modern art would be better than freakin’ dead Confederate generals.