City in Chaos: Charlottesville City Councilman Kristen Szakos' False Claim Of "Klansmen" At Lee Monument Dedication Exposed
Following months of public outcry and heavy opposition to her monument destruction plan, Charlottesville City Councilman Kristen Szakos must be feeling the pressure, and is pulling out all the stops. She posted this photo of the dedication of the RE Lee monument dedication to her public social media account and is telling everyone that the line in white in the photo is the Klan in attendance and using it as (yet another) false narrative excuse for her monument destruction plans.
Local historians have pointed out to Ms Szakos and others that the bright white in the photo is actually the plumed white shakos of the Richmond Light Artillery, as seen more clearly in this photo, courtesy of Getty Images...
Szakos knows this, and is apparently willing to intentionally perpetuate the myth in an attempt to incite misplaced hatred, cause further division in the community, and seek to justify the actions she, Bellamy, and Fenwick will reportedly take Monday night. In fact, she has known that it was a myth AT LEAST as early as 2015, when Margaret O’Bryant, librarian for the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society was quoted in an article...
"And while Szakos and others have speculated that a photo of the statue’s dedication that year shows Klansmen in full regalia in attendance, Margaret O’Bryant, librarian for the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society disputes the notion, explaining that the large number of billowy white objects in the crowd are not KKK robes, but are instead part of the tall caps called “shakos” worn by one of the Virginia state militia units in attendance: the Richmond Light Infantry Blues."
To have a military unit perform at a dedication of a monument to a military hero is, of course, completely appropriate, but apprently does not fit Szakos' agenda.
This is just another example of the many false narratives that Szakos and Bellamy have been pushing, and which were repeated over and over in the Blue Ribbon Commission's "report"...myths fabricated in an attempt to justify their hateful and divisive actions.
"Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand." MIcah 2:1