Home is in the photo above. This was taken from the pedestrian way on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. I had a nice walk last Sunday, around the neighborhood on the Virginia side, and out onto the bridge. I find a certain irony in the state motto being Virginia is for Lovers, the supreme court case forcing states to recognize interracial marriage was "Loving vs. Virginia." The Lovings had to sue the state to have their marriage recognized.
Across from the west entrance to the pedestrian way across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, is a monument to the Freedmen's cemetery. The cemeteries remained segregated after the civil war.
Two things struck me, a marker saying that members of a black regiment that served on the Union side in the civil war, had to fight to be be buried in the military cemetery, half a mile away. Records show that about 70 were moved to the military cemetery when the appeal was finally granted.
The other was this reminder above, in most states it was illegal to teach a slave to read and write, education and learning are the keys to free thought and freedom. One of the great failures of this country, was segregated and in most cases second class education for persons of color. If you want to create a class divide, block educational opportunities. This is still going on with the push for public funding of private schools and "charter schools." Every person who looks like me, needs to demand that we make every school a first class school, let every child achieve based on ability.
I have come to the realization that dogs are easier to photograph than people. Dogs never worry about what they look like, they never try to pose or smile, they are just glad someone is paying attention to them. Dogs never seem to be self conscious. Maybe the dog would be concerned if he saw the photos, but they don't, and they don't seem to care. As I grow older, and arguably more comfortable in my stretched out skin, I would like to become more like a dog. In one way I already am, I will respond to almost anything you say to me, as long as it is said in a kind tone of voice. Now isn't he a pretty guy!
I respond to those cooed doggy comments, too. Virginia was for lovers. It wasn’t for Lovings. That bronze relief is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Some amazing sculpture images that week,Delete
I remember that view very well, but I don't think the Virginia is For Lovers sign was there when I lived there 20 years. At least I don't remember it being there.ReplyDelete
Then there is the final irony that the bridge is named after someone is now regarded as racist. Times have changed, some for the better.
Progress is slow, slower in some part of the state than others.Delete
What an adorable face! I was just have a conversation with a friend last night about a photographer that prefers to take animal photos over people photos. He said much the same thing.ReplyDelete
The dog was along on a boat tour and was amazingly friendly.Delete
'Virginia is for Lovers' unless you're a mixed race couple, then 'Virginia is for lovers who take their case all the way to the Supreme Court'.ReplyDelete
But that's too long for a motto.
And who says that cheeky looking dog isn't posing? I sense a real diva attitude their and I'm loving it.
"Every person who looks like me, needs to demand that we make every school a first class school, let every child achieve based on ability. "
... is everything.
I struggled with that line, thinking it should be stronger.Delete
Andrew, I am so sorry, in an effort to clean up some formatting, I deleted your comment and can't get it back. I won't do that again. We live in one of the buildings on the crest of the hill. The bridge is like 10 lanes of traffic, 4 or 5 in each direction. There is about a 10 foot wide pedestrian walkway across the bridge on the north side. It is not a bad walk, there is a lot of traffic noise, but a nice view.ReplyDelete
That doggie is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
He was so sweet!Delete