For four years, from 2011 to 2015, I (most Sundays) blogged about the United States Civil War, which took place from 1861 to 1865.
Except that I believe the war never ended. The nature of the fight changed.
Yesterday, another battle of the war was fought in Charlottesville, Virginia, home of the University of Virginia.
Because this is not a political blog, I will not discuss the events in Charlottesville yesterday, August 12, except to explain that an occasion of hate became even more tragic when a man, driving a car, rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters near a white nationalist rally in this Virginia college town. At the time I write this, one person is dead, and 19 others injured, 5 critically..
In a related incident, a police helicopter crashed (they had been monitoring the protests from the year), killing two.
This car ramming is the latest incident after this city, once in the Confederate State of America, decided to take down an equestrian monument honoring the Confederate General (and native Virginia son) Robert E. Lee.
Hatred. Division. We still struggle with the racial divide. Even our President's remarks after the incident sparked controversy.
|Outside of Charlottesville, January 2017|
|Downtown Charlottesville, before April the Giraffe became famous|
Nothing in our history is simple. If only it could be simple. If only we could say our Civil War was over.
When you don't face issues head on, and let them simmer for year after year, it never ends well.