Scenes from Downtown Augusta

Tue Dec 28, 2004

As I drove through this area looking for a bank earlier today, I noted the following two items: there’s a commemorative plaque of a visit by Thackeray to the city in the 1850s. It states that he thought the twenty guineas he earned as a speaking fee was the easiest money he ever made and that the slaves looked happy.

Shortly thereafter, I saw a grim woman holding a sign outside the Planned Parenthood office that read “‘we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population’ – Margaret Sanger 1939.” This is, of course, so out-of-context as to make a creationist blush, but where was a camera?