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One turns 80 this week, years ago proposed public hangings and hails from Hanover County, where some locals refer to plantation days oh-so-thoughtfully, as in the "Nir Toe" section of Beaverdam (named for its role in slave hangings).
The other is a civil-rights activist who heads the state chapter of the NAACP and has a scowl that can burn a hole in your head. Did we mention his title of "King"?
The topic: a state apology for the institution of slavery. "I personally think that our black citizens should get over it. By golly, we're living in 2007. The present commonwealth had nothing to do with slavery. Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ? Nobody can justify slavery today, but it's counterproductive to dwell on that."
Hargrove, as quoted in The Daily Progress. "In those rural counties, and in areas including some suburbs, they are still fighting the Civil War. We still have Lee-Jackson Day. There is no civility and real respect for African people. All this outreach the Republican Party is supposed to be doing is garbage. I wish they would go on and wear sheets so we can identify them. Instead, they wear suits."
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