The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Antilynching resolution - more wackiness
According to this,
Landrieu said she was motivated to propose the bill after seeing the book Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America, a collection of postcards taken at lynching scenes.
The woman was born in 1955 , a daughter of the South and eight years a US senator: for her to have been persuaded of the iniquities of lynching at this late date - and to confess as much in public! - is frankly absurd.
Her co-sponsor George Allen is noted for having hung a noose outside (or possibly in) his Charlottesville law office, supposedly as
an emblem of Allen's law-and-order mentality.
He denied it had anything to do with lynching.
And then there's the Committee for a Formal Apology, a lobbying group involving comedian Dick Gregory, amongst others, that appears to have no online presence, and who took the initiative in mailing copies of the Without Sanctuary book to senators.
I have seen no timeline for all this activity; timing of such ventures in political symbolism, such as the Schiavo relief bill, is, for obvious reasons, rarely left to chance.
The saga of Carry Me Back to Old Virginny as the Old Dominion's official State Song - now official state song emeritus (the reference you're looking for is Code of Virginia Section 7.1.37) produces in the reader a Jolson-ful of eye-rolling.
The connection: Governor George Allen signed the bill that settled the song's current status.
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