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6 04 2010

Declaration by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell:

WHEREAS, April is the month in which the people of Virginia joined the Confederate States of America in a four year war between the states for independence that concluded at Appomattox Courthouse; and
WHEREAS, Virginia has long recognized her Confederate history, the numerous civil war battlefields that mark every region of the state, the leaders and individuals in the Army, Navy and at home who fought for their homes and communities and Commonwealth in a time very different than ours today; and […]

WHEREAS, this defining chapter in Virginia’s history should not be forgotten, but instead should be studied, understood and remembered by all Virginians, both in the context of the time in which it took place, but also in the context of the time in which we live, and this study and remembrance takes on particular importance as the Commonwealth prepares to welcome the nation and the world to visit Virginia for the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Civil War, a four-year period in which the exploration of our history can benefit all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert McDonnell, do hereby recognize April 2010 as CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

Two words, buddy. . . .

*UPDATE* TNC has a graceful follow-up to this story, in response to the Guv’s recognition that, oh, yeah, slavery was kind of big, bad deal, wasn’t it?

(h/t: Huffington Post)


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6 04 2010
emilylhauser

I WILL BE SO BOLD AS TO MAKE A COMMENT!

Aside from the fact that, hello, how can anyone think this is a good idea when, hey now, there are Black people living and working and voting (I know! They can even vote now!) in Virginia, and elsewhere in what was once the Confederacy, and, you know, those people might take issue with the Commonwealth of Virginia officially recognizing the effort to keep their forefathers and -mothers IN CHAINS — aside from that: How’s about that “recognizing” of the effort to rend this union asunder! How’s about that “recognizing” of treason! Sedition! GENERAL LACK OF PATRIOTISM!

God. People are so stupid sometimes. It makes the head hurt.

6 04 2010
poliology

Well, McDonnell pulled this nonsense with gay rights too, saying that they wouldn’t be protected under discrimination laws. Only a couple days later, he reversed his position, saying that they were protected by the 14th Amendment, which many believe would allow them to marry. So this tells me he’ll soon introduce a flag-burning amendment–only that Confederate Flags will be burned on sight.

But seriously, as someone with German heritage, I can’t say too many of us are eager to use the Nazi flag as a symbol of our legacy.

7 04 2010
geekhiker

*sighhhhhhhhhh*

(Not deep, I know, but my reaction to the whole thing nonetheless…)

8 04 2010
emilylhauser

That update — or, I suppose, the apology and addition to the declaration — was so meaningful to me.

We can move forward, we can admit to error, we can become better people/a better society/ a better world.

Yes, really. We can!

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