In The Roanoke Times, Jeff Thomas takes a scathing look at the myths that white Southerners, particularly Virginians, have created to shield themselves from their history. Here’s a bit:
Money is the root of this. Virginia was founded as The Virginia Company of London, and the same people who owned the state also dominated the state’s politics. The nature of political power over four centuries has not changed even as capitalism transformed the seats of economic wealth from dynastic families to immortal corporations.
How did this happen?
Virginia’s ruling class invented a state religion about the myths of Saint Jefferson and General Lee to control the population. The myth and reality are symbiotic. If everything is great, then why change?