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.