An Avenue on the Horns of a Dilemma

We can neither hold to the Confederate memorials on Monument Avenue any more than we can let go of the century old bronze statues that define “The City of Monuments”. It is the classic “horns of a dilemma” to which we hold — neither alternative provides any satisfaction as you and the bull whose horns you’re holding charge down the avenue.

It began with the senseless murders of nine people in a church basement where they welcomed a stranger to pray with them. On the grounds of the Statehouse in South Carolina, the first to secede from the Union, the Stars and Bars were lowered for the final time. Flag, monument and street sign came down across the “New South.”

What began in Charlestown in 1861 will end as it did before — in Virginia. On Monument Avenue. Should the monuments stay, should the monuments go, should the other 99% of Virginia history be mentioned? The eyes of a nation will be on the “Capitol of the Confederacy.”

We can do ourselves proud. We can go beyond expectations.

Hold on. Let go.

NEXT: May Grace Now Lead Them Home

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s