Davis. so devoted to a cause, in the veterans’ eyes.

In the eyes of the beholder, the way life is viewed.

Yes, who is looking and what is the person thinking.

Most veterans who spoke at the open forum discussing the Jefferson Davis plaque in Brownsville’s

Washington Park wanted it to remain or go to Veterans’ Park.

They see Davis as a symbol of a soldier’s dedication.

But I see the plaque as a symbol of the unfulfilled promise of Reconstruction and current racial inequities in the United States.

I want the plaque in a museum.

Davis, a symbol in his time and now, as a racist for mine.


To be fair, I could not understand the veterans’ emotions concerning war and Davis.

However, they probably could not understand mine concerning race.

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky


Author: Gene Novogrodsky

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!


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