But I also piled high the ridicule for another reason. Many of you thought, sincerely I'll bet, that your effort would somehow make some kind of difference. A rapprochement.
Well, fellas, here's what it got you:
A power in one man's reconciliationKey words being failed to do.
Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch Columnist
In 70 seconds, Silver Persinger did what the Virginia General Assembly failed to do in six weeks voice a full-throated apology for slavery. (sic)
Persinger's apology was a break from the massive resistance to forthright slavery apologies. This year's General Assembly spent weeks of lawyerly parsing before expressing "profound regret" for Virginia's role in slavery. (link)
In other words, your (our) apology meant squat.
What? You actually thought it was going to bring about some kind of racial healing?
As it turns out, that profound regret of yours was too "parsed," not unanimous, and it came about far too slowly.
You'll have to try harder next time, pal.
And, make no mistake, there will be a next time. And a next time. And a ...