Sheila Johnson, the billionaire co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and major Democratic Party donor whose endorsement of right-wing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell helped sell his image as a "moderate," releases a statement slamming McDonnell’s decision to reinstate Confederate History Month.
"I must condemn Governor McDonnell’s Proclamation honoring ‘Confederate History Month,’ and its insensitive disregard of Virginia’s complicated and painful history, the remnants of which many Virginians still wrestle with today. The complete omission of slavery from an official government document, which purports to be a call for Virginians to ‘understand’ and ’study’ their history, is both academically flawed and personally offensive. If Virginians are to celebrate their ’shared history,’ as this proclamation suggests, then the whole truth of this history must be recognized and not evaded."
Politico's Ben Smith notes that one of the GOP's rising stars' decision to re-litigate the Civil War plays to "the narrowest perceptions of the GOP as a regional, cultural party." That, as well as the complaints of a billionaire black supporter with a high media profile, ensures this conversation will continue. So it's working out very well for them , no?
Last summer, the billionaire BET co-founder had high hopes for the extreme anti-gay and fundamentalist McDonnell. Instead of reigniting a race riot and proclaiming that gays didn't need employment protections, Johnson said McDonnell's focus would be "jobs, jobs, jobs."
Watch Sheila Johnson's endorse McDonnell and one of her campaign commercials AFTER THE JUMP ...