Virginia’s Governor, Bob McDonnell, is making a lot of friends in Virginia and all of them appear to be conservative white men. He has been in Virginia for what, 5 days, and he’s trying to pull off something that in 8 years no other governor would even entertain. He either was the fat kid turned slim or the acne faced boy in high school. Whatever the case may be, something happened that has him trying to make friends with the wrong people. He is trying to pass the infamous Confederate History Month bill. This bill seeks to spotlight those men who fought for slavery in the month of April. But why use the same month as Martin Luther King’s assassination to add insult to injury?
According to AFP, when he put it down in writing though, he completely omitted the fact that slavery had anything to do with the Civil War. This “oversight” is a part of the long running controversy that the civil war was not fought over slavery, but in the interest of the business owners and farmers of the time. His ommission of that fact was so that others would see his need to honor Confederate soldiers as men just interested in maintaining their businesses and not the business of maintaining slavery. But, that is not what he said when he attempted to apologize yesterday for omitting slavery from the equation.
The statement he released said, “The failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake, and for that I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed.”
The two democratic governors that preceded him in holding the post, feared that such an act would anger black folks all up and through Virginia….which it has. The local chapter of the NAACP as well as the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus have both “condemned” the measure and Benjamin Jealous said that the act, “disrespects history and the people of Virginia.”
Read more of the details here.