#rsrh Me arguing with Colonial Williamsburg plaques, Part 2.

This was the other tooth-grating one. On the walk in, at least.

CW Walk Back In Time Sidewalk Plaque: 1954: From This Date You Tolerate Segregated Schools.

Me: No, no, no.  This is precisely the kind of dumbsh*t superficial reading of history that tries to boil down everything into a single court case – and it’s one of the primary reasons why everybody who isn’t an activist liberal doesn’t quite trust the judiciary branch to be sensible (or, indeed, sane) anymore.  Yes, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka did (properly) revoke Plessy v. Ferguson; but obviously we were not collectively tolerating school segregation before then.  If we had been collectively tolerating school (or any other kind of) segregation then neither case would have been on the docket. We would have simply let the original segregation laws go unchallenged – and never fought to repeal them.  In other words, this was not a case where the heavens opened up and beams of racial tolerance shone down upon a darkened land, suddenly making us amenable to a 9-0 US Supreme Court decision: it was a case that was the then-culmination of almost a hundred years of grappling with the concepts embodied in the 13th through 15th Amendments to the Constitution.  Said grappling was not always won by the good guys, but I’ll be damned if I’ll let you pretend that the struggle never took place at all, CW Walk Back In Time Sidewalk Plaque.

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#rsrh Me arguing with Colonial Williamsburg plaques, Part 1.

Because, really, just because I didn’t update my blog, didn’t keep up with the news, and limited my email to once a day meant that I stopped being a political blowhard/pedantic pain in the butt (otherwise known as a ‘blogger’):

CW Walk Back In Time Sidewalk Plaque: 1920: From This Date You Accept That Women Cannot Vote.

Me: Bullsh*t.  By 1920 over twenty-nine states had suffrage on at least the Presidential level; Wyoming had given full suffrage for over fifty years at that point. Which may have been why the 19th Amendment passed, don’t you think? – And, not to be a d*ck about this or anything, but I can’t help but notice that the states that weren’t offering women the vote were mostly notorious Democratic party strongholds.  There was a reason why Susan B. Anthony was a Republican, you know.

Yes, I am an absolute joy to go to museums/historical monuments with.

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