The Walkerville Weekly Reader

In the end times, one newspaper dared to call God to task for His hypocrisy. That newspaper was not us, we swear it. Not the eternal flames!

Walkerville, VA
Monday, February 11, 2019
Carolyn Purcell, Editor

  • The Reader revisits Reverend King’s Meloncollie Dream

    Hark Thrice the Walkerville Weekly Reader’s columnist emeritus, recalls Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most important speech on its 55th anniversary. All animals are created peaceful… but some are more peaceful than others.

    King Pogo

    On August 28, 1963 I stood at the Lincoln Memorial. I was in the stands when Reverend King delivered his inspiring oratory. It was a speech to launch an activist army—and recalling it now, I can well credit it with inspiring today’s anti-fascist brigades.

    Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to flee from the dark and desolate valley of desegregation to sunlit safe spaces for every color. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial equality to the solid rock of intersectionality. Now is the time to demand all of God’s children decorate cakes, frostings no atheist could conceive or mix.

    There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until we are granted our cakes and spaces. But there is something that I must say to you who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the oven of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not lose our sense of victimization. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of equality and tolerance.

    Physical violence is necessary to fan the flames that burn hate speech. For all must renounce hate before the fire. We must meet such speech with destruction, and expel all our brothers who choose lesser ways than ours.

    I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from hearing triggering speech. Some of you have come here battered by the storms of dangerous opinions and staggered by the winds of all lives matter. You have been the veterans of creative victimhood. Go back to Harvard, go back to Berkeley, to back to New York City, go back to DC, go back to Los Angeles, go back to the newsrooms and the classrooms of our safe spaces, knowing that burning and looting and beating the men who fight for equality can and will convert minds to our cause.

    I say to you today, my friends. Light cannot drive out equality. Only darkness can do that. Tolerance cannot drown out diverse opinions. Only hate can do that.

    Yes, this speech was, and is, a stirring call to action. When Reverend King finished, the crowd, as one, buttoned our flannel work shirts and adjusted our masks and marched the streets looking for Christian bakers, Jewish conservatives, black Republicans, and white Hispanics to silence.

    It was a great time to be against fascism.

  • Obama to lead domestic violence shelter

    Former President Barack Obama promises to tear down the barriers of hate, and end the divisions that plague shelters. “We will restore the Sanctuary’s image as the last, best hope for acceptance for all those touched by domestic violence.”

    President Obama at El Reno

    “We will tear down the walls that keep victims of domestic violence and their families apart,” said President Obama. “But this razor wire may be useful to keep domestic violence victims from escaping their responsibility to love and forgive all those touched by domestic violence.”

    The Office of the President-Emeritus announced today that President Barack Obama has accepted an offer by the Washington, DC-based Sanctuary for Abused Women & Children. President Obama will assume the Executive Directorship of the shelter.

    The SAWC is well-regarded throughout the District for its efforts to protect victims of domestic abuse, providing both shelter and counseling. The former President acknowledged this record, but said “we can do more”. He promised drastic change in the way the shelter excludes certain people, especially the parents of abused children.

  • ‘They were not patriots’: New Orleans removes monument to Democrats

    Monuments to Democrats are increasingly under fire in their former firewall states.

    Memorial to Democrat removed

    The Robert E. Lee Memorial, one of many remaining monuments to slave-owning Democrats in New Orleans, was removed on May 19. (Washington Post)

    They are slowly disappearing. On Friday, the statue of slave-owning Democrat Robert E. Lee became the latest of New Orleans’s four contested monuments to go, an end to more than 130 years of publicly honoring a man who embodied the Democratic Party’s pride and racial oppression.

    The monuments sat at the entrance to the city’s largest park, on a vaunted greenway, in a major traffic circle and in one of this city’s squares. They occupied places where you won’t find many tourists meandering with long-necked frozen cocktails, although former Senator Ted Kennedy did once urinate into a bush while admiring the monuments to his Party forebears.