The Old Dominion is a heck of a state, with an awe-inspiring story -- and we Virginians know it. We're not snobs about it or anything, but people who were born in this commonwealth know we are custodians of greatness.Since plenty of people do see Virginians as "snobs," when I read the line above I was thinking it was still on track to set up a big joke. But as I read on, the humor seemed thin, at best.
In the commonwealth, almost everyone of the dozen-plus people we commemorate on our state capitol grounds made a major national impact.
But something important is missing -- or should I say someone important is missing.
I want to put this bluntly for the honorables and excellencies whom oversee Capitol Square: Build a statue of Lawrence Douglas Wilder.
Finally, I got to the funny part, or at least it was the part that was funnier than anything else.
Wilder's term as mayor may have complicated any effort to sell a statue of him, but seriously, let's have some perspective. His term in City Hall has been rocky, but that doesn't cloud what he has meant to this commonwealth and this nation.Well, if you like your euphemisms steeped in absurdity, "complicated" will do.
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Maybe the statue of Wilder should be positioned to face the new Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, which was unveiled last month. It would be justice for a replica of Wilder to have to face Barbara Johns in bronze, forever.
Because Mayor L. Douglas Wilder sure wasn't sitting on the platform with the governor, the artist (Stanley Bleifeld) and other invited dignitaries for the dedication last month. Hizzoner snubbed the ceremony to unveil the monument remembering Virginia's heroes of the Civil Rights movement. He has since refused to explain why.
Which leaves some Richmonders, perhaps those with more than a cursory knowledge of Wilder's history and method of operating, to think it had something to do with one or more of his many grudges.
But as far as satire goes, I can't give Faulk a good mark for this effort. Maybe he should spend a little time at Tobacco Avenue, the local news satire blog, where he would learn that good satire is supposed to be funny.
To be funny one would put his statue in Battery Park, because he used money supposedly earmarked for that neighborhood's flood relief effort to fund his failed eviction of the school board -- the infamous Friday Night Fiasco. Or, maybe the Wilder statue would be well positioned in Gwinnett County, Georgia, where the R-Braves will play their home games next summer.
And, just in case Faulk was actually serious about putting a Wilder statue in Capitol Square, I have just one word for that notion -- phooey!