Draw­ing a line and ig­nor­ing ig­no­rance

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION - A.W. Rus­sell P.R. Kile Colo­nial Heights

One can scarcely be heard above the racist rants in Cen­tral Vir­ginia, and I, for one, have re­solved to put my money where my mouth is. To­day, I draw a line and oblit­er­ate Rich­mond (and Char­lottesville, where I had promised to visit with a friend from Ken­tucky). I will not spend another dol­lar in a place where ig­no­rance seems to be con­ta­gious.

I would avoid a white supremacy gath­er­ing and ig­nore it, as it de­serves to be ig­nored. I would cer­tainly fear for my safety in such a place.

I had hoped to see the Na­tive Amer­i­can ex­hibit at the Vir­ginia Mu­seum of Fine Arts and the De­cem­ber Gar­denFest of Lights, but I will boy­cott Rich­mond. I will not re­new my mu­seum mem­ber­ship. I will miss the book sale at Rich­mond Pub­lic Li­brary, unique shop­ping places, and fa­vorite Rich­mond restau­rants. I will es­pe­cially miss con­certs, opera and bal­let.

I will not spend so much as a quar­ter on the ex­press­way in a place where mobs rule and a mad pop­u­la­tion is bent upon eras­ing his­tory.

There are parts of his­tory I would love to erase, but no sane per­son would ex­er­cise that op­tion. I turn off Rich­mond TV sta­tions rather than watch peo­ple will­ingly in­fect them­selves with cul­tural, ter­mi­nal Alzheimers.

Dis­crim­i­na­tion, in any form, is sick­en­ing.

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