Monday, January 20, 2014
P.S. Living in Virginia, I have always been astounded at how deeply seated the biases of the power brokers are in this former bastion of the southern Confederacy. After Congress had passed into law the MLKJ holiday, Virginian leadership was more than unhappy. From 1984 to 2000, Virginia did not celebrate MLKJ Day, but what was termed "Lee-Jackson-King Day". Here Lee and Jackson are Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson! Ultimately the plantation-style legislature of the Commonwealth was forced to begrudgingly admit that celebrating a holiday honoring the confederacy alongside a civil rights leader was a bit incongruous. You don't say.
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