Step Away From the Monument, Mr. Morrissey
This is a wonderful example illustrating the difference between genuine concern about the public display of Confederate iconography and using it as a political football. Richmond mayoral candidate, Joe Morrissey, recently made news for announcing that if he wins he would push for the removal of the Jefferson Davis monument on Monument Avenue.
Today he has reversed course and is instead calling for “altering” the monument. That would involve the following, according to Morrissey:
What I would like to do is have a statue including Jefferson Davis and Union black soldiers and Confederate black soldiers showing unification. And I think that upon further reflection is a better course of action.
So, Morrissey wants to substitute one myth for another. I would love to know who is advising Morrissey on these issues. Where did he learn about black Confederates and what does this tell us about his ability to vet information?
A public official should not be making suggestions about moving or altering monuments to the past if he/she does not have a grasp of basic facts.
All I can say is that this is another wonderful example of why I am working on my current book project.