The Great Unknown: Will Susan Hathaway take the fight to the Yankees following a major loss in Alexandria?
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Via the Washington Post:
“In a town that once took considerable pride in its Confederate past, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously Saturday to change the name of Jefferson Davis Highway and seek permission from the Virginia General Assembly to move a renowned statue of a Confederate soldier in historic Old Town.
The council’s actions went beyond the recommendations of a task force that studied what to do about the city’s controversial Confederate symbols, but not as far as some residents wanted.
After a lengthy public hearing, the council agreed to try to relocate the “Appomattox” statue from the busy intersection of Prince and Washington streets, where thousands of motorists pass it each day. The pensive and unarmed south-facing Confederate soldier would be moved to a local history museum on the same corner.”
The piece goes on to add:
“Opinions from the 18 speakers who lined up to testify Saturday in Alexandria were as heated as if the Civil War had just ended. They spoke in a chamber where a portrait of Robert E. Lee hangs opposite one of George Washington and where the painted backdrop behind the council is of Alexandria during its Union occupation.
Ellen Tabb decried the task force that recommended the changes to the council, noting that none of the members knew Southern history. She said native Virginians had been vilified at the commission’s meetings as “racists, bigots and murderers.”
Bernard Berne, who lives in Arlington, called Jefferson Davis a “tragic hero” who thought secession was legal and who should not be condemned for believing in slavery, which was part of the culture at the time.
The two African American council members, John Taylor Chapman (D) and Willie F. Bailey Sr. (D), repudiated that sentiment. Bailey later said that he was speaking not for himself but for his parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and other ancestors. “To try to say anyone even back then didn’t realize it’s wrong to own a person, that’s not right,” he said.
Others spoke with passion about the need for Alexandria to own up to its past.
“It’s never too late to right a wrong,” said Greg Thrasher, the director of a D.C. and Detroit-based think tank, Plane Ideas. “Yes, black lives matter right now in Alexandria. Black people have civil rights fatigue. How long does it take us to get to equality?””
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You may recall that the Virginia Flaggers offered this veiled threat to raise hate flags just days before the vote:
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Of course, this opens up a wide range of speculation. Will Hathaway return to inside the Beltway and risk another embarrassing failure? Has Hathaway's "cold day in hell" finally arrived? Will a welcoming committee show up to greet them? All good questions. We will just have to wait and see if Hathaway and company have the resolve to venture into hostile enemy territory and take the fight to the Yankees to "keep the skeer on 'em". Only time will tell.
Restoring the honor!