Back in Ole Virginny

We know we’re home. 

We spent a few delightful days in California visiting Jonathan’s family–and commiserating with them about the state of their state (huge debt, lack of viable leadership, etc.).

But at least their governor, a Republican, is unlikely to issue any proclamations extolling Confederate History Month–and that’s not just because California remained loyal to the Union.

LGBT folks know that change is hard and slow here–especially when we see people still claiming that armed rebellion to maintain the institution of chattel slavery was a glorious moment in our history.

Another April event: President Lincoln Visits Richmond on April 4, 1865, engraving by Thomas Nast

Sure, it is important to recognize history. But in doing so we need to tell the entire story–and that includes our Governor.

His proclamation makes no mention of slaves. When asked why not, he said he was not “focused” on that part of our history right now.

His proclamation mentions that it was in April that Virginia joined the Confederate States of America. What he fails to mention is that April also is when Richmond fell, and President Lincoln made his famous visit here. Why was not that in the proclamation, too?

You can tell a lot by the history a person chooses to tell, or not.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

One thought on “Back in Ole Virginny”

  1. Good points! Virginians, and especially native Richmonders, are noted for their love of history and tradition. But history teaches that we must learn the lessons it offers. And the lessons it teaches tell us that we must be open to change, or be destined to repeat mistakes. History is about change, progress — not tradition.

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