Speaking of the Arthur Ashe Statue…

By Cole

Karen’s probably somewhere shooting off fireworks for the 4th, so I’ll fill you in on the latest with Arthur Ashe.

On Thursday as Karen was typing her previous post, somewhere in Richmond, Doug Wilder, a former Richmond mayor and Virginia governor (the first black man ever to be elected a governor in the U.S., no less), was tweeting about the weeds growing around the weird Arthur Ashe statue.

All the other Monument Avenue statues of Confederate generals are pristine. How quintessentially Richmond.

The Ashe statue was erected before my time in 1996, but I can just hear its staunch opponents when they finally gave in to letting a black man, a mere tennis player, stand among their Confederate generals.

“OK, fine. You can put your silly old statue on Monument Avenue. Just don’t be expecting us to keep it dusted and polished!”

Wilder’s tweets hit the front page of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Friday morning, and by day’s end, the city had cleaned up around Arthur Ashe.

Without Confederate flag kerfuffle putting the spotlight on the South right now, I have no doubt Wilder’s tweets would have been dismissed as sour grapes. Those weeds didn’t grow overnight. If the powers that be had any respect for the Ashe statue, it would have been maintained along with all the others. But better late than never.

Meanwhile, in another part of town…

I learned there’s yet another big Confederate monument. It honors Soldiers and Sailors and stands in Libby Hill Park. Thursday or early Friday, some fool scrawled in red spray paint what might be the word “cracker” and the initials “RBGz” with an up-arrow beside it.

Let’s not get into what this illegible, wit-free gibberish says about the quality of a Richmond education.

“Cracker” may be a reference to Southern white racists but, according to the Times-Dispatch, “RBG” could refer to a rap album, a Pan-African flag, or Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

I’m going with “Rebel Billy Goats” or “Really Bad Grafitti.”

So far, this bit of vandalism has no suspects, so at least they got their getaway right.

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4 Responses to Speaking of the Arthur Ashe Statue…

  1. MorganLF says:

    Rude bullying goofballs?

  2. catsworking says:

    Good one, Morgan! They still haven’t figured it out.

  3. MorganLF says:

    Aaaaaaand …flag down! Since the Confederate flag is a flag of treason I beseech all AMERICANS to shun anyone who displays it!!! We beat the south like the bitches they are if they refuse allegiance to our flag we should deport them….like ummm..Mexicans. Except the Mexicans Latinos and all immigrants like my grandparents from Italy WANT to be here. Not like these bitches who fly a treasonous flag…please leave if you can’t hang.

  4. catsworking says:

    We watched CNN to see the flag in Charleston coming down, and I swear I saw Karen shed a few tears of joy. Of course she and other Yankees have had it nowhere near as bad as what they’ve put the black cats through, but they’ve all had the Civil War shoved in their faces daily and had to turn the other cheek on the South’s everlasting pouting over losing it. It’s enough to make anyone want to scream.

    We’ll have more to say on this issue because there’s a big Confederate shindig (Sons of Confederate Veterans, to be exact) being held at a hotel all week just a few miles from here as I type this. Not to mention the HUGE Confederate flag that flies in nearby Chester, Va., so everyone who drives through on I-95 can see how backward Virginia still is.

    Charleston having the guts to finally take down that damn flag was a great start. But there’s still much more to be done.

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