When the words Confederacy or confederate soldiers come to mind the thought of the Civil War, slavery, white supremacy and racism follow their after. Through all of that, the question of honoring Confederate soldiers come up time and time again. Should they are should they not be honored?
Roland Martin talks with Virgina’s Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax who presides over matters like this.
“Every year they rise and try to adjourn the session on the memory of Stone Wall Jackson,” explained Fairfax.
As the Lt.Gov, Fairfax’s job is to preside over everything that comes to the floor of the Virginia Senate. However, this time is different as Fairfax decided to respectfully step down from presiding on the day Stone Wall Jackson was to be honored.
“It really wasn’t a hard decision for me,” explained Fairfax. “I’m not going to participate. I will not be a part of this…I think we have to stand up for our values and be guided by our conscience.”
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