Virginia's right wing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, who recently said gays didn't need employment protections, moves further to solidify his conservative base and becomes the Commonwealth's first governor in eight years to declare April will be Confederate History Month. The proclamation makes no mention of slavery or Virginia's opposition to the Civil Rights Movement, reports the Washington Post.
"The two previous Democratic governors had refused to issue the mostly symbolic proclamation honoring the soldiers who fought for the South in the Civil War. McDonnell (R) revived a practice started by Republican governor George Allen in 1997. McDonnell left out anti-slavery language that Allen's successor, James S. Gilmore III (R), had included in his proclamation. McDonnell said Tuesday that the move was designed to promote tourism in the state, which next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the war. McDonnell said he did not include a reference to slavery because 'there were any number of aspects to that conflict between the states. Obviously, it involved slavery. It involved other issues. But I focused on the ones I thought were most significant for Virginia.' "
Slavery wasn't the "most significant" issue for the Confederacy? LOLz
"It's fine that Mr. McDonnell decided to proclaim April as Confederate History Month; the Confederacy is an important chapter of history that merits study and draws tourists to Virginia. But any serious statement on the Confederacy and the Civil War would at least recognize the obvious fact—that slavery was the major cause of the war, and that the Confederacy fought largely in defense of what it called "property," which meant the right to own slaves."
McDonnell's proclamation was condemned by the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and the NAACP. Former Governor L. Douglas Wilder, who has "been supportive of McDonnell", called McDonnell's revisionism "mind-boggling to say the least".
Here's a question: How does Sheila Johnson, the billionaire co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, feel after she endorsed the extreme anti-gay and fundamentalist McDonnell? Does Johnson believe the Confederate declaration and omission of slavery is "good" for business?