To Gov. Youngkin:
3/23/2023, 6 p.m.
History will not be kind to anyone who adopts a pro-ignorance stand when it comes to the true history of this country, warts and all. Our country was built on the back of slavery, and it’s time to accept that truth, make what amends are possible, and move forward with a spirit of recognition and reconciliation.
As a new Virginia resident, I am very disappointed in your recent statements regarding the education of our youth. You had presented yourself to voters as a centrist Republican, someone who could move between the two parties and find common ground. There is no common ground to be found in denial of historical truth. There is no moving forward without recognition and acceptance of the past, however unpleasant. Education does not exist within a framework of fantasy.
The people of Virginia and of all 50 states require a leader who accepts the truth of america’s history and is capable of bringing this last sad and divisive chapter of denialism to a close. Only the truth will prevail. If you lack the courage to lead, step aside.
Susanna D. Wilson