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Remember When Dick Black Introduced a Bill to Get the Confederate Flag Back On Virginia Plates?


Good point from DPVA:

That happened:

“In 2003, another state lawmaker from Loudoun penned legislation on the issue, taking a different stance from May. Then-Del. Dick Black (R) introduced legislation removing 'the prohibition on display of the organization's logo on Sons of Confederate Veterans special license plates.'”

Dick Black went above and beyond to make sure that the Sons of Confederate Veterans had extra-special permission to slap their flag on Virginia license plates. A federal court ruling had already made the practice legal, but Black needed a specific allowance for the Confederate flag to be enshrined in the Code of Virginia. Yet, strangely, he's been silent on the matter now that the stars and bars are no longer in vogue.

“Since Dick Black was so eager to go out on a limb for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, how does he feel about their cause now?” said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. “He went above and beyond to ensure the Confederate flag would be on Virginia license plates, so it's curious that he's still not said anything on the current issue.” 

  • Can anyone tell me what this says exactly? Also, can anyone explain how this will help Webb rise above low single digits in polls of the Democratic nomination contest?

  • Fairfax Voter

    Jim Webb was on one of the soft Sunday morning feature shows some months ago — they did a profile — and I seem to recall footage of the Confederate Memorial at Arlington. He may have even read the inscription. It really jumped out at me.

    That giant memorial is a disconcerting place to go to. The graves around it say things like CSA, CSN, and so on (Confederate States Army, Confederate States Navy). When I last saw it they had little US flags on them for Memorial Day. I believe it was established just before World War I, including digging up those previously buried bodies and reburying them at Arlington. Of course, General Lee’s house is still a park service site at Arlington as well.

    My sense is that it is an emotional and political touchstone for him, but not necessarily for the rest of us. He takes it in the spirit it was meant, a long time ago, to mark reconciliation of the two armies, Confederate and Union, and federal recognition of those who fought on both sides. The president helped dedicate it at the time for that reason. He is not mentioning the Memorial for political reasons and it will not change his standing in the polls.

    What seems to be left out of these stories is that the way “everyone” reconciled was by quietly accepting Jim Crow, segregation, etc., essentially throwing African Americans under the bus.