Virginia was the capital of the Confederacy. If all this news from that state surprises you, you’ve never really thought about what that meant.

The Civil War wasn’t that long ago. In fact, it’s so recent that the daughter of a freed slave was alive to vote for Barack Obama in 2008. It only feels like ancient history because we learned as a nation to tell ourselves its ancient history. It isn’t.

And massive resistance? The whole “we would rather shut down our public school systems for years and found private segregationist academies than send our children to school with THEM” thing? That was just over half a human lifetime ago in that state.

It’s not ancient history because it’s barely even old enough to be history.

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