The unpleasantness in Charlottesville last August — the antifa, or antifascists, attacks on Ku Klux Klan/neo-Nazi/etc. (permit-holding) demonstrators and vice versa — was occasioned by a long-simmering local debate over removing from a park a statue that honored Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
As it happens, Jan. 12 is a holiday in Virginia, Lee-Jackson Day, and state government offices will be closed.
The celebration of this holiday used to be bipartisan. A few years ago, for example, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) issued an official proclamation declaring that “Whereas, Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson were native Virginians, having served our great nation and Commonwealth as educators, leaders, and military strategists . . . it is fitting to recognize Generals Lee and Jackson as two of our nation’s most notable military strategists, as beloved leaders among their troops, as pioneers in the field of higher education and as faithful and dedicated Virginians.”
I wonder how many of those who believe Lee and Jackson should no longer be honored, or even allowed a presence in public parks, will insist on working through the holiday to show their disrespect.
John Rosenberg, Crozet, Va.