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April 8, 2010

Virginia governor apologizes for slavery omission

Virginia governor apologizes for slavery omission AFP/Getty Images/File – Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (pictured in 2009) has apologized for not acknowledging the role of slavery …

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell apologized late Wednesday for not acknowledging the role of slavery in a proclamation he signed declaring April “Confederate History Month.”

McDonnell recognized he had made a “major omission” in not citing slavery, a practice that sparked the 1861-1865 Civil War between the Union of 20 free states and five border slave states — and the 11 southern slave states that declared they were seceding to form a joint Confederacy.

“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,” McDonnell said in a statement.

“The abomination of slavery divided our nation, deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights, and led to the Civil War. Slavery was an evil, vicious and inhumane practice which degraded human beings to property, and it has left a stain on the soul of this state and nation.”

The Republican governor’s largely symbolic proclamation, seen as a move to build up support among conservatives, revived controversy over Virginia’s Confederate past and angered civil rights leaders.

McDonnell’s two successive Democratic predecessors had refused to issue the declaration honoring soldiers who fought for the South during the Civil War out of fear it would insult African-Americans, who make up around 20 percent of the state’s population.

In explaining his decision, McDonnell initially said Tuesday the proclamation would help boost tourism in Virginia ahead of the war’s 150th anniversary next year. Virginia was the site of many of the war’s battles and the state capital Richmond also served as the Confederate capital.

The governor said he did not refer 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 that I thought were most significant for Virginia.”

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) both condemned McDonnell’s decision.

NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous said the move “disrespects history and the people of Virginia.”

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Dixie_Forever permalink
    April 14, 2010 2:43 am

    The CofCC was active along with many other groups in preserving the great State flag of Mississippi. Deo Vindice

  2. Rebel (UNLV, that is) permalink
    April 13, 2010 4:05 am

    By the way “Governor” is spelled wrong on the headline

  3. Rebel (UNLV, that is) permalink
    April 13, 2010 4:00 am

    One thing that drives me crazy about liberals is thier utter ignorance regarding the cause of the Civil War. Lincoln had a very moderate stance on slavery, and his statements and intent regarding his policy towards slavery in no way could be construed to incite a war.

  4. Craig Haden permalink
    April 9, 2010 8:56 am

    Where was Gordon Lee Baum & the cofcc when Haley Barbour opposed the Mississippi State Flag in 2001? Of course Barbour changed his stance to get into office two years later & run our state to the ground.

    • April 11, 2010 2:35 pm

      Hey Craig

      Thats a good question, but I wasn’t a member in 2001 so I’ll have to get back to you on that. I can tell you that we work very close to lawmakers to do what we can to steer the course of the state. Your welcome to join and get in the fight on such issues. We meet once a month, usually having a speaker from the state come by and give us a run down of whats going on during session.

    • April 14, 2010 2:21 am

      Can you site some examples of the state being run into the ground by barbour?

      • Craig Haden permalink
        April 15, 2010 8:34 pm

        A few examples of Gov. Barbour:

        Cut thousands of off Medicare & Medicaid rolls in 2005. Many people are now without access to healthcare in our state.

        Refused to oppose The Iraq War in 2003. White Mississippi soliders no longer are around because of it. Barbour had the authority to refuse sending the National Guard. Mothers & children without a father. In 2007 it was reported the Iraq War & post-war combined had costed the U.S. $250 billion dollars.

        Has failed to halt illegal immigration in our state. In 2007 Barbour stated “I don’t know what we would do without these(mexican) workers on the coast cleaning up after Katrina.” Illegal mexicans are taking money & benefits out of our state economy.

        Said nothing of the bailout to big banks in 2008. Now small businesses are really hurting in Mississippi.

      • April 16, 2010 4:11 am

        I can agree with your statements, all of them..

        I will say that I am upposed to all forms of welfare. Medicaid is welfare. Yes if your on medicaid your a welfare recipient.

        medicare is not welfare since you contribute to it your whole life, it is however socialism and I am opposed to socialism. Personally I just wish they would leave my money alone and let me figure out my own healthcare.

        The war on terror, you are right barbour did not refuse to send gaurd troops of which he does have the right to do. I dont think that any Governor has done so since the civil war though.

        On immigration barbour should be ashamed of his lack of effort.ion

  5. April 8, 2010 3:41 am

    This Govenor is a coward, If he wasn’t he would have said that he didn’t mention slavery in the proclamation because the proclamation wasn’t about slavery.

  6. April 8, 2010 3:40 am

    Any one with a History major from a decent college will tell you that the Civil war for the states was about states rights. The reason for the Northern agression was for what every war is fought over land, money, and resources.

    Most of the states that became part of the confederacy were already ratifiing their constitutions to abolish slavery at the time the war broke out. The south went to war over heavy taxes that had been laid on their goods.

    Oh yeah Blacks fought in the civil war as confederate soldiers also. Yes, their were black regiments of confederate soldiers.

  7. April 8, 2010 3:35 am

    Every black sold into slavery was sold into slavery by blacks from warring tribes.

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