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A black pastor in Woodstock Virginia was visiting an apartment property he owns when he saw a man and woman he knew did not live on the property dragging a refrigerator to the apartment’s dumpster.  They were “irate” when confronted, left, and returned later with three others.

The pastor said the group surrounded, jostled, and threatened him, “telling me that my black life and the Black Lives Matter stuff, they don’t give a darn about that stuff in this county, and they could care less and ‘We would kill you.’ ” 

The drew a legally concealed handgun and called 911. But when sheriff’s deputies responded, he said, “I was not given the opportunity to tell what was going on.” Instead, he was “handcuffed in front of the mob,” the members of which were yelling racial epithets and threatening him. 

As the pastor put it, deputies rushed to judgment in “disarming a black male brandishing a gun against five white individuals, despite my Second Amendment right to defend myself against five attackers.” Two sheriff’s office supervisors have been placed on unpaid administrative leave over the incident. In apologizing, the sheriff added, “I want the people of Shenandoah County to know that I and the sheriff’s office staff appreciate and care about the minority communities, and especially our black community, in Shenandoah County.”

Racial assumptions never die, never fade away.  The sheriff’s apology echoes sentiments emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.


Not well-known outside the Commonwealth, Virginia boasts an Annie Oakley legislator, a  gun-toting State Senator (R-11th District) and possible 2021 GOP gubernatorial candidate, by the name of Amanda Chase. She is prone to controversial statements (“It’s those who are naive and unprepared that end up raped.”) Now, denouncing the planned removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond and the protests following the George Floyd murder, Chase has mounted the soap box with bull horn to proclaim that these events are “about destroying Confederate history, it’s about erasing white history.” 

Really? If white history (as it may be) is erased, does that create a blank neutral or colorless slate upon which to record history? If, as the science relates, humanity originated in Africa, how far back will the erasure begin? Of what color? Confederate history as white? That logic seems to prove the point.  


Perhaps to compete with its other laurels: Mother of Presidents; seat of the Confederacy; northernmost Southern state; historically, progenitor of the Lost Cause; and commemorator of many things Confederate.  Hey, you can’t say we’re not consistent!

The Richmond City Council has decided unanimously to remove four Confederate statues on a prominent city street. The decision follows an announcement by the Governor that the six-story-tall statue of Robert E. Lee that looms over the street would come down.

The Commonwealth is home to 110 Confederate monuments, 13 of which are in Richmond, and 244 other Confederate symbols, including roads and bridges named after Confederate personages. No threat to the tourist business has been cited in opposition to the removal.

National leader? Maybe not for long.





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