Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell attempts to kill all tourism in the state

Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell has declared April to be racist, slave owning, jackass month… No wait, my bad, he actually called it “Confederate History Month”.

Now with just that one bit of information, I’d like to give you a quick quiz. Guess what political party McDonnell is part of…
If you said Republican, you win the prize.

In his statement, McDonnell says that the Confederate history “should not be forgotten, but instead should be studied, understood and remembered.” And if he had ended it there I might not have a problem with it. But he continued; and said that its leaders “fought for their homes and communities and Commonwealth in a time very different than ours today.” Wait a minute here. Did he just try to excuse slavery? Well fuck me with a rusty spoon!

Here’s a portion of the statement from McDonnell’s website:

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.

Although past Republican Governors had issued similar proclamations, McDonnell’s two Democratic predecessors — Mark Warner and Tim Kaine — refused to issue such proclamations; “in 2002, Warner broke with their action, calling such proclamations, a ‘lightning rod’ that does not help bridge divisions between whites and blacks in Virginia.

Perhaps McDonnell longs for the days of yore where 19.9% of his constituency was only counted as 3/5th of a person, but I find it repulsive. And I hope that other VA voters agree with me and remember this in the next election.

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Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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2 Responses to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell attempts to kill all tourism in the state

  1. poietes says:

    Oh man. I was really hoping that this was all a bad dream. Since I live in the Old Dominion, I have had to deal with my share of inanities. For example, when Martin Luther King Jr. day was first written into law, Virginia called it . . . wait for it . . . Lee-Jackson-King Day. No shit.

    Our confederate history is a source of pride to those same people who insist that the confederate flag has no negative connotations. Bah, I say. Bah.

    • Jeff Randall says:

      As a Virginia resident myself, it really pains me when stuff like this happens where I live.

      It seems everything that has come out of Richmond lately has been bigoted, ignorant, and offensive…

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