April 7, 2010

Confederate History Month

Many Virginia residents and other Americans are unhappy with the new Virginia Governor bob McDonnell, who has brought back a tradition they hoped had gone out of style.

The Governor has declared April 2010 Confederate History Month, paying tribute to the secessionist movement that fought for states' rights, and one other thing, what was it..oh yeah defending our country's most shameful mark of infamy, the institution of slavery.

It is understandable that many Americans have ancestors who fought on that side, and feel emotional ties to them, but surely there must be a way to honor that without disrespecting those who, let's be honest, the confederacy fought to oppress. We can honor the human loss without denying the ugly truth.

Confederate History Month

Virginia's governor has brought Confederate History Month back to the state for the first time since 2001. Gov. Bob McDonnell designated April to commemorate the secessionist, slaveholding South. His two Democratic predecessors had refused issue the proclamation sought each year by Confederate descendants. Richmond was the Confederate seat of government. McDonnell's 368-word declaration does not mention slavery. The Republican governor said Tuesday that his intent was to honor the sacrifice on Virginia soil and promote tourism...

Posted at April 7, 2010 6:19 AM