“Occupy Charlottesville,” or some lowlife criminal who sympathizes with their agenda, has vandalized the Robert E. Lee statute in Lee Park with the graffiti “Occupy Will Rise Again.”
The group has released a statement on Facebook denying responsibility for the vandalism:
“Occupy Charlottesville in no way condones the vandalism of any public or private property,” the statement reads. “It has been clearly stated that violence towards others (both verbal and physical) and destruction of property violate our core values… The vandalism of the statue in Lee Park was NOT an Occupy Charlottesville action.”
Mayor Dave Norris, who has been criticized for supporting the goals of “Occupy Charlottesville,” has been reduced to arguing that “the bitch raped herself”:
“It was a cowardly and juvenile act, regardless of motivation,” Norris said. “Whether it was designed to make the occupy movement look bad or designed to generate support for the occupy movement, it was a pretty cowardly thing to do. But it’s certainly not the first time the city has had to clean up graffiti.”
This is hardly the first time that Confederate monuments in Virginia have been defaced with graffiti. The Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond was vandalized on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2004.
In Richmond, three Confederate monuments to Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, and Jefferson Davis have been vandalized along with the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, which suggests that the same aggrieved leftist is responsible for all four incidents.
On the Stonewall Jackson monument is Gabriel Prosser:
“Blacksmith, slave, educated man, Gabriel sought liberty and an end to slavery with a large-scale rebellion in the city of Richmond during the summer of 1800. His plot was exposed and he was hanged along with 24 other slaves.”
True. Gabriel Prosser succeeded in inflicting a fatal blow upon the Alexandria Society and discrediting the anti-slavery movement in Virginia for three decades. Nat Turner would do even more damage to the Virginia anti-slavery movement in 1831.
On the Jefferson Davis monument is Barbara Johns, whose portrait is in the State Capitol building in Richmond:
“As a sixteen-year-old in Farmville, VA John’s led a student strike in 1951 to protest racial segregation in her school. The resulting lawsuit became part of Brown vs. Board of Education, the Supreme Court decision ending segregation…”
True. Barbara Johns was behind Davis vs. County School Board of Prince Edward County which was one of the cases that was consolidated by the Supreme Court in the Brown decision in 1954.
On the J.E.B. Stuart monument are Mildred and Richard Loving of Loving v. Virginia fame:
“Interracial married couple, the Lovings were arrested and convicted in 1959, VA of miscegenation. They took their case to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 ruled in favor of the right for all Americans to have interracial marriages.”
True. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Virginia Racial Integrity Act of 1924 and the anti-miscegenation laws of all the Southern states in 1967.
It is worth observing here how the vandal connects Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, and Jefferson Davis of Confederate fame to Gabriel’s Rebellion which took place while Thomas Jefferson was president and James Monroe was Governor of Virginia and also to their Jim Crow counterparts like Walter Plecker who was behind Virginia Racial Integrity Act of 1924 and the massive resistance movement which was launched in Virginia by Senator Harry Flood Byrd who signed the Southern Manifesto of 1954.
The unifying theme here is the identification of Virginia and the Confederacy with White racism. The street artist seems to be arguing that traditional racial attitudes in Virginia were much stronger in the past than they are in the present. Maybe that is changing.
When I was living in Charlottesville, the progressive Tom Perriello was my congressman. He defeated Congressman Virgil Goode in 2008. In 2010, Tom Perriello was defeated by Robert Hurt who now represents Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District.
In the 2010 midterm elections, the Democrat Tom Perriello lost in the Fifth Congressional District, Rick Boucher lost in the Ninth Congressional District, and Glenn Nye lost in the Second Congressional District. In Northern Virginia, Gerry Connolly was narrowly reelected with less than 1 percent of the vote in the Eleventh Congressional District. His margin of victory was a mere 981 votes.
In the 2011 state elections, Republicans picked up one seat which allowed them to capture the Virginia Senate. They won seven seats in the Virginia House of Delegates which they controlled before the election. From 2009 to 2011, Republicans have gone from 54 seats to 67 seats in the Virginia House and from 18 seats to 20 seats in the Virginia Senate.
Gov. Bob McDonnell remains very popular in Virginia. He is a likely VP choice for Mitt Romney who will need to win Virginia to defeat Obama. White flight has from the Democrats has destroyed the Mark Warner coalition. Sen. Jim Webb saw the writing on the wall and opted against reelection.
It is also extremely doubtful that “Occupy Will Rise Again”: the latest polls show that only 29 percent of White Gen Xers and 39 percent of White Millennials support Barack Hussein Obama. White Millennials, the type of people who voted for Tom Perriello in Charlottesville, have swung 15 points against Obama since the 2008 presidential election.
The latest Harvard Institute of Politics poll shows that Millennials disapprove of the present course of the country by a 4 to 1 margin. It turns out that only 32 percent of Millennials are following the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. Of those, 21 percent of Millennials support “Occupy,” but 33 percent of Millennials are opposed to them.
The future of Virginia is a world of racial polarization in White racial attitudes, an increase in the perception of anti-White bias, the bankruptcy of the federal government and cuts in military spending leading to government layoffs in NOVA and Hampton Roads, new Voter ID laws which disenfranchise African-Americans, the flight of illegal aliens from the Old Dominion, and economic depression which is always positively correlated with the hardening of White racial attitudes.
The future of Virginia will prove to be a lot more like the racially polarized world of pre-Sunbelt Virginia than the Virginia of Ray Teixeira’s magnum opus The Emerging Democratic Majority. The vandalism of Confederate monuments in Virginia will only succeed in accelerating this full blown retreat from “progressivism,” the Democratic Party, and the legacy of the so-called “Civil Rights Movement.”
Note: The graffiti has already been successfully removed from the Lee statue.
Update: In another sign that “Occupy” is dead, Americans are retreating from the view that America is divided by class. The Gallup poll shows the 49-49 tie that coincided with Obama’s 2008 election has gone to 58 to 41 split against the Ed Schultz worldview.