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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?” The decision to rename Jefferson Davis Highway, also known as Route 1, which runs from the 14th Street Bridge over the Potomac River and south to Richmond, was less contentious.
I swear I see her in my dreams sometimes Held up in the middle of the night Shakin like a pistol in a young mans hand There in the pale moonlight Standin up the top of that lonely hill Spared by the company mines Is my blue eyed baby with her best dress on In the shadow of a lonely pine It was back before the war When the company came These hills grew wild and free Me and baby we'd hide in the hollers low Away from the cruel sun's heat But then they knocked down the timber And burned off the brush To get to the riches below And when they pulled out They left a cold black ground And one pine standing lone So take me home... Lone pine hill I signed up back in '61 I'm an army of Virginia man I've been from Mannasas to Mackonackey All the way to Sailors Creek fighting For my home land After 4 years gone and all hope lost And Richmond under seige And we're diggin out Five Forks And waitin in the rain For Sheridan to bring us to our knees So take me home... Lone pine hill There's a strange moon hangin' overhead tonight And if the rain keeps comin then the creek's gonna rise With the good lord's grace I'll make it outta this place I'll be in her arms come the morning light I swear... So god grant me speed and grant me forgiveness And carry me on through the night Take me through the hills and over your rivers Away from this awful fight Cause I ain't never known a man that's ever owned another Ain't never owned nothin' of my own And after 4 long years I just can't tell you What the hell I've been fighting for... So take me home... Lone pine hill Take me home... Lone pine hill Read more at www.songlyrics.com...
originally posted by: kaylaluv
Statues and street names are memorials. Everyone knows this. They are signs of respect and admiration to the people they memorialize. It's time we took away the signs of respect and admiration for the people who fought for the right to have slaves.
I'm all for having a slavery museum, just like there are holocaust museums. These museums should contain all the horrific memories of slavery and include highlighting the people who took part in it. It IS important that we never forget.
originally posted by: Kali74
Follow the advice so often given to "the blacks" ...
Get over it
It's ancient history
It was a dark time but it was a long time ago
You never put anyone in chains
You never fought for "States Rights"
No one needs to be constantly reminded
Put it all in the Smithsonian so we aren't doomed to repeat the past and quit your crying.