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Do you agree with Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to declare April 2010 Confederate History Month?

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has quietly declared April 2010 Confederate History Month, bringing back a designation in Virginia that his two Democratic predecessors -- Mark Warner and Tim Kaine -- refused to do.

Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Richmond) said he was "stunned" to learn of McDonnell's decision and even more stunned that the proclamation did not include any reference to slavery. "It's offensive,'' he said.

Do you agree with Mcdonnell's move, which mirrors similar declarations from former Republican Virginia governors George Allen and Jim Gilmore? Weigh in below.

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Virginia's governor has insulted every African American in his state -- but I am sure he doesn't care. His moderate stance while running for governor was a sham, a lie.

Posted by: alamo2 | April 6, 2010 4:19 PM

I have visited VA where there are a number of historical sites from the both Independence and the Civil/War between the States.

Revisiting our history over time allows us to understand the past in context as well as its impact on the present and future. Nothing is ever binary - this very complexity makes it important we continue to make the effort to understand all aspects of our history.

I have no problem with VA declaring a month to look at their history (or any other part of the country that might to do the same with their specificities)

It is "how" this is done that matters.... in a binary way or in depth taking all aspects into consideration in order to learn from the effort. Slavery is only one of the reasons that the Confederacy was declared. It may be time we learn about our history.

As an example of a speech rarely studied I propose this from Lincoln's inaugural address just weeks after Jefferson Davis' inauguration:

"Apprehension seems to exist among the people of the Southern States that by the accession of a Republican Administration their property and their peace and personal security are to be endangered.

There has never been any reasonable cause for such apprehension. Indeed, the most ample evidence to the contrary has all the while existed and been open to their inspection. It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you. I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that—

I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.

Those who nominated and elected me did so with full knowledge that I had made this and many similar declarations and had never recanted them; and more than this, they placed in the platform for my acceptance, and as a law to themselves and to me, the clear and emphatic resolution which I now read:

Resolved, That the maintenance inviolate of the rights of the States, and especially the right of each State to order and control its own domestic institutions according to its own judgment exclusively, is essential to that balance of power on which the perfection and endurance of our political fabric depend; and we denounce the lawless invasion by armed force of the soil of any State or Territory, no matter what pretext, as among the gravest of crimes."

History is never simple and it is never wise to try to make it so - especially for politically correct fashions.

Posted by: sally62 | April 7, 2010 1:45 AM

If you want to really accomplish something, I recommend that you focus on getting the Commonwealth to bulldoze the statues of those Southern traitors that litter Monument Avenue in Richmond. Memorializing that gang of thugs is the equivalent of having post-War Germany erect monuments to Hitler, et al.

Posted by: Tom-Fairfax | April 7, 2010 5:55 AM

If you want to really accomplish something, I recommend that you focus on getting the Commonwealth to bulldoze the statues of those Southern traitors that litter Monument Avenue in Richmond. Memorializing that gang of thugs is the equivalent of having post-War Germany erect monuments to Hitler, et al.

Posted by: Tom-Fairfax | April 7, 2010 5:56 AM

If you want to really accomplish something, I recommend that you focus on getting the Commonwealth to bulldoze the statues of those Southern traitors that litter Monument Avenue in Richmond. Memorializing that gang of thugs is the equivalent of having post-War Germany erect monuments to Hitler, et al.

Posted by: Tom-Fairfax | April 7, 2010 5:57 AM

Thank you, Gov. McDonnell, for standing up for an honest accounting of the past and not caving in to the sanctimonious holier-than-thou politically correct nimrods.

Posted by: thebump | April 7, 2010 7:24 AM

Since when do countries honor the losing side in a War, especially one that cost the lives of 620,000 soldiers and an untold number of civilians?

Let's be clear ... the War began when rebel soldiers attacked Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. Note tht is rebel with a lowercase "r" as in a rebellion (i.e., revolt/revolution). Should we have British History month? Afterall, weren't they the losers of the first rebellion?

Posted by: vmi98mom | April 7, 2010 9:43 AM

If you want a CSA month fine. Not my idea of a proper thing to do but whatever. I have a bigger problem of the MONTH that was chosen. You should not have it during the same month that President Lincoln was assassinated. That is just wrong. It is like they are endorsing the final act of a nut job by celebrating the month in which (arguably) our greatest president was killed shortly after the defeat of the rebellious south.

Posted by: Stevida | April 7, 2010 9:47 AM

It's part of American history whether you like it or not, and Virginia happened to be right in the middle of it. Take the time to appreciate where we came from and where we are today. You can't just brush American history under the rug like some people would like to do. We have a "month" for a lot of stupid things that a lot of people don't align themselves with. Who cares???

Posted by: chwilli9 | April 7, 2010 10:40 AM

Why did McDonnel choose to declare "Confederate History Month," a title that seems custom-designed to promote racism and conflict, reduce national respect for our state, and possibly even undermine our prospects for tourism and business instead of maybe "Civil War History Month," which would be much more likely to garner popular support, encourage a study of our history, and increase tourism?

Posted by: kuato | April 7, 2010 10:42 AM

What I can't figure is why Northern Virginians sat home in droves on election day. Anyone, and I mean anyone--who had done the least bit of homework on McDonnell and Cuccinelli (a Northern Virginian) would have discovered that beneath the coiffure and "middle-of-the-road" campaign propaganda were two men who held views that I think are out of step with most Virginians, whether from the northern part of the state or elsewhere in Virginia. These men were then and are now and will be until the next election cycle ideologues of the worst kind, out of step with what Virginia has strived to become over the last decade. Don't blame down-staters for McDonnell and Cuccinelli, blame Northern Virginia for their outrageous acts.

Posted by: dnealesq | April 7, 2010 10:57 AM

These d-bags claiming it's just a look at history should realize this isn't history. This doesn't mention that they were lazy inbred totalitarian piles of fecal matter. The south was a 3rd world nation completely subsidized by the north. They sold a primary product entirely worked by slaves. Sherman should have marched to the Mississippi.

The south has always been a drag on the US. Let's let them have their dream and kick them out! Everythin about the CSA is evil, and they are still voting for evil. Kill them all!

Posted by: bflorhodes | April 7, 2010 11:27 AM

Strom Thurmond is GONE.. So is his legacy - broken, banned, buried along wave after wave of southern stupidity and bigotry....

If the Virginny Guv. thinks he can bring all that back he should move to texas and we'll give him away when we give texas back to mexico.

This is the 21st century folks - wake up and smell reality... it's ugly - it's sharp - it's here...

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | April 7, 2010 11:45 AM

I'm a conservative and I think this decision was wrong, and profoundly stupid.

Posted by: Peejay | April 7, 2010 11:50 AM

"Kill them all!

Posted by: bflorhodes | April 7, 2010 11:27 AM"

Nice post. Do have any self-awareness whatsoever?

Posted by: Peejay | April 7, 2010 11:53 AM

This is not about black v white but about being an American supporting our country. These stinking governors who want to secede from our country are despicable bigots and traitors. Strong country, strong government and strong people supporting our country. These weasels want a small ineffective government. There are plenty of small weak countries in this world, like Haiti, go, go, but don't come back.

Posted by: MikeQ2 | April 7, 2010 12:45 PM

There is nothing wrong with remembering and studying history. History should be examined to learn from the good and bad parts of history.

However, declaring a month confederate history is celebratory and suggests pride in that part of history. The is nothing to be proud of or celebrate about the treasonous confederacy just as there is nothing to celebrate or be proud about Hitler. We should all learn the history of the Holocaust and the confederacy, but there is no need for celebratory months, statues, monuments, naming streets and schools, etc. to such horrible ideas or to the horrible people who supported and lead the way for such immoral actions.

Posted by: PersonL | April 7, 2010 12:48 PM

The proclamation pays respect to Virginia's sons and daughters who fought and died in the Civil War, including my ancestors who did not own slaves. That's it. Get over it all you PC idiots.

Posted by: RB1019 | April 7, 2010 1:05 PM

If this is offensive, how then do we still honor the Democratic Party?

Posted by: milsbest90 | April 7, 2010 1:21 PM

How many times does the South have to lose the Civil War?

This is absolutely nuts, but very Republican, to keep on trying to change history.

That's how they intend to George W. Bush a popular former president, by trying to change history, because otherwise it just ain't happening.


Posted by: lindalovejones | April 7, 2010 1:24 PM

"This is absolutely nuts, but very Republican, to keep on trying to change history."

Posted by: milsbest90

***

I heard a rumor, but it can't POSSIBLY be true, that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. No, impossible.

Posted by: Peejay | April 7, 2010 1:52 PM

Virginia and Virginians played an important role in the founding of our country, including the establishment of the overarching role of the federal government. It also played an important role in fostering, but not funding the civil war- most of that money came from Louisiana as did many of the troops.

The irony is that the civil war was fought to protect the planting and elite class not the middle class or blue collar workers.

I realize it hard to grasp that the South lost the civil war. It seems almost as implausible that those who gained the most
from Washington largess, think jobs and people, are still fighting the civil war.
Virginia is not alone in fighting it of course, it is still be fought throughout the South.

Honoring the men, women and slaves who fought and died under the confederacy might seem reasonable if it were not done
in a underhanded sneaky inept foolish way.
Perhaps the governor, should role back his living standards and life style, to that of his immigrant forebears had when they first arrived. Or perhaps they would never have arrived, if his bigoted anti-immigrant mentality had been held by the political to establishment at that time.

Posted by: sfeinman | April 7, 2010 1:53 PM

What an embarrassment to the Commonwealth. This is a shameful play for the same constituency championed in Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy" - reactionary, racist rural ultra-conservatives. Ronald Reagan, no paragon of liberalism, consistently reached out to diverse voter groups, especially in his second term. The Gipper understood that minorities will soon account for a majority of voters in the US (and Virginia) and embracing/celebrating racist ideology - yes, the Confederacy was created for a state's right to protect SLAVERY - is counterproductive in the long term.

Keep going Gov McDonnell, you will end up being the 'Sarah Palin' poster child in 2010 and 2012 with inane policies like Confederate History Month.

Posted by: DCGuyInPhilly | April 7, 2010 2:21 PM

What's next, Nazi History Month? KKK History Month?

Posted by: greeenmtns | April 7, 2010 2:52 PM

(facepalm)

This guy is an absolute disaster. Thanks Republicans, for setting us back a hundred years, AGAIN.

Posted by: FredEvil | April 7, 2010 4:17 PM

This republican party is as backward looking and thinking as I have ever seen a group of people. Michele Bachman in Minnesota, most of the elected republicans from South Carolina, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Governor Pawlenty, Sarah Palin, John McCain - the former "maverick" now. What is wrong with these people? What U.S. did they come from?

65% disagree with the governor's decision in the poll above to 35% that agree. That is about right, roughly 30% of the country identify themselves as republican, this republican party. 65% disagree yet they voted this guy into office and he showed signs of being this way during the election. Too bad Creigh Deeds was such a weak candidate from campaign point-of-view. Virginia, you voted for him, you got him! Good luck and God speed!

Posted by: ajackson3 | April 7, 2010 8:59 PM

As sad as it may be, we should commemorate the loss of life of fellow countrymen. We have months to celebrate everything else, why not have months to celebrate or mourn the darkest of days for our country. If this event had not have happened, if the confederacy did not exist, would we be where we are at today?

Posted by: kenayers1 | April 7, 2010 9:54 PM

It's about revisiting history? As in, the Civil War, in which half a million Americans died because southerners attacked the army of their own country? If it's about history, then why isn't it Civil War month?

Posted by: thmas | April 8, 2010 12:12 AM

People are fighting to keep the houlacaust from being erased from history, why?, history is what it is, a record of our fights, our victories, no matter what was the outcome we all should remember and learn. Should we abolish Black history month due to the fact their history includes the same history that is in question ?. Sorry it was a sad time for specific peoples, but thats what we get for being human all of us. We are the same but with only different experiences in our own life and as a people who have a history, HUMANS.

Posted by: KillerMonkey | April 8, 2010 2:04 AM


He hasn't just insulted every African American in this country, although I can see why it is particularly egregious to those who have been most hurt by the racism in America. No, he has spit in the face of America itself. Why celebrate the legacy of sedition and treason that was the confederacy? McDonnel has spit in the face of all decent Americans who have fought to defend this country from attacks from others and from our own citizens (Tim McVeigh, the weather underground,the Hutaree militia, the confederate south). Shame on this unpatriotic hate monger!

Posted by: meowomon | April 8, 2010 3:54 AM

I am assuming that those of you who are in favor of this Confederacy celebration would have not trouble with Germany having a National Nazi Month? After all, the Nazis believed in slavery too....

Posted by: alamo2 | April 8, 2010 6:41 AM

Why would you have Confederate History Month to honor a group of people who attempted to destory the United States???

Posted by: dc4life | April 8, 2010 7:39 AM

I think a "Virginia History Month" would have been a better way to celebrate Virginia's history.

The Confederacy fought for certain ideals - such as the preservation of slavery - that were downright dishonorable, and not in line with modern republican democracy. To celebrate a depressing time in history seems downright pathetic to me. I know it may not be politically correct to say such a thing but it's the truth. It shows a lack on the part of the Old South to move on and join the rest of us in the 21st century.

The Confederates were traitors to the United States, weren't they? The Confederates did not want to be Americans, so why does a modern Virginia want to celebrate a time when virginians didn't want to be Americans?

And what would Abraham Lincoln - the father of the Republican Party (which resembles nothing of today's Republican Party) - have to say about such a declaration?

With Virginia's changing demographics, fewer and fewer people are going to have roots in the Confederacy. It's idiotic in a modern 21st century Virginia.

Posted by: sasmontagova | April 8, 2010 8:45 AM

"Virginia is for Lovers" of Slavery. In other words, white Northerners and black tourists from anywhere are not welcome there. What's next Mr. Governor, KKK Day? We have canceled our May trip to Virginia Beach. We'll go somewhere else where slavery is not celebrated as a treasured heritage.

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | April 8, 2010 8:55 AM

The GOP has betrayed its own history. McDonnell's behavior is shameful. Apparently he is shameless in pandering to Virginia's bigots.

Posted by: david6 | April 8, 2010 9:01 AM

The Confederacy was about State's Rights, people!!!

The right of the citizens of a state to maintain a reasonable standard of living, without interference from the Federal Government.

Who can argue with that? unless...


Those citizens were, at the time, limited to White Male landowners, most of whom made their living by owning and abusing their fellow men, women and children, who had no rights whatsoever.

Yes, let's honor that! Slaves and their decendents? pffft, not relevent.

I'm ashamed of you Mr. McDonnell.

Posted by: ey22314 | April 8, 2010 9:17 AM

C'mon, the statement is respectful comment to the brave Virginians who fought and died in the war. Nothing more than that. Leave it to the media to needlessly stir the pot of conflict and discontent between Americans (in an attempt to sell more adverti$ing and add $sub$criber$).

Posted by: JAH3 | April 8, 2010 9:25 AM

I would LOVE to have another Civil War and then really kick some Rebel Bigot A@@. Especially to level Texas and So. Carolina the bastion of Bigotry and ignorance.

Posted by: orionexpress | April 8, 2010 9:44 AM

Slavery was an odious institution. Robert E. Lee thought so, and before the war freed over 200 of the slaves his wife’s family had owned.

My ancestors fought for the South in the Civil War. They owned a small farm in Clifton VA. They didn't fight because they liked slavery, they fought because their home state was invaded by a belligerent Federal Army. They had no slaves, and neither did most Confederates. I am proud of their efforts.

In the Southern army not one man in ten had slaves in the Northern, not one man in 100 was an abolitionist! The South fought to leave the Union it had voluntarily joined, (and because it was invaded), the North fought to preserve the Union (and force the South back in).

It sickens me to see how liberals have tried to rewrite history these days and twisted the motives of those who fought to a war between those who liked blacks and those who didn't! We need more study of the real history.

Posted by: rash67 | April 8, 2010 10:09 AM

Shucks. What is all the fuss about? Now Governor McDonnell, the Colonel, is just tryin to get more folks to visit good ole Virginny. He's also afigurin that some of us ole boys might take to readin and learnin our letters more even if its bout history that ain't quite true. Remember the Colonel, I mean the Governor is a graduate of Pat Robertson's university and he don't want us to be as ignorant as folks out in Mississippi or way out there in Utah where the preachers run everything and won't even permit a feller a good drink.

Now read up you'all and learn about good old Jeb Stewart and Stonewall Jackson before you go to the NASCAR race. It'll be good for you and remember, the South will rise again!

Posted by: explorers100 | April 8, 2010 10:15 AM

Hey, I'm sorry not everything a white person says or acknowledges is aimed against the black race. Many of us have Confederate ancestors and I see nothing wrong with recognizing them. Virginia was the capitol of the Confederacy so why shouldn't Virginia honor it? Blacks were proud of their "Roots" and I see nothing wrong with being proud of ours. Not everyone that served/died in that war owned slaves.

Posted by: Kelvins13 | April 8, 2010 10:38 AM

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is a shoe in for the 2010 Ted Bundy enticing personality award.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 8, 2010 10:52 AM

When Black history month was declared, it came because Blacks in history were largely ignored but for the Confederacy it is a different story and I feel in no way needs to be "glorified" by giving it a month. We may as well have a Snafus in History Month where we look at all the stupid inhumanities that we have done to each other.

What Virginia needs, an' so does us all, is jessa plain ol' Hisory month.

Posted by: glenglish | April 8, 2010 11:04 AM

Many Germans have ancestors who fought for the Nazi conquest of Europe. Not all of those ancestors who served/died in that war directly murdered Jews or Romanies or homosexuals or Freemasons, but they did fight for the reprehensible regime carrying out these crimes. It would be wrong for Germans to take pride in their ancestors' efforts to advance the Nazis' disgusting crimes against humanity and declare Nazi History Month. It is wrong for Virginians to take pride in their ancestors' efforts to advance the Confederacy's disgusting crimes against humanity and declare Confederacy History Month. I criticize none for the sins of their fathers; I condemn all for celebrating the sins of their fathers.

Posted by: LarryfromCA | April 8, 2010 11:10 AM

During the Civil War, the Union Army invaded and occupied Northern Virginia out to Centerville. They declared martial law. They took over people's houses and quartered soldiers there. As they lost more and more battles, they got annoyed. They forced worshippers out of The Falls Church (at Falls Church) and moved their horses in the church, in the pews encouraging them to defecate there.

Union General Stoughton took over the Episcopal Church in Fairfax and filled it with champagne and prostitutes, before he was captured by the Gray Ghost Mosby.

maybe we should know more about real history.

Posted by: rash67 | April 8, 2010 11:11 AM

Why would you have Confederate History Month to honor a group of people who attempted to destory the United States???
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Are you suggesting it should be the Southern Comfort Party rather than the Tea Party?

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 8, 2010 11:30 AM

"Thank you, Gov. McDonnell, for standing up for an honest accounting of the past and not caving in to the sanctimonious holier-than-thou politically correct nimrods."

That was yesterday. So what do you think of him today?

Posted by: steve-2304 | April 8, 2010 11:36 AM

This is the type of leader the "Right" has been veiling to the American People. This is why there is no trust from real honest Americans in that particular party in a time when we need every american to sacrifice they are still fight for the least and the lowest to suffer while they don't make any sacrifices. They create wars and their children do not fight. They close schools and open rest stops with the money..(see. Gov. McDonnell's first actions in office. The want to bring a lawsuit against the United States of America, why because they do not really believe in equality and they will use outdated laws to make this country just as backwards as all those grown ups who dress up in Confederate gear to lose the same war over and over again!

Posted by: jtrob_1 | April 8, 2010 12:35 PM

The nut cases ought to get it through their heads that the South lost the Civil War, and we are now the UNITED States.

That's the only history the South really needs to learn about the Confederacy.

Some of these wacked out freaks still believe the South won the Civil War, just because of guys like McDonnell.

I suppose some folks don't understand why McDonnell would be celebrating if the South lost.

This is just wacko, psycho nut case stuff.

Posted by: lindalovejones | April 8, 2010 1:47 PM

As an African American who lives in Virginia, I feel this
governor has insulted every African American that lives
in this state. I for one, is truly insulted.

Posted by: AmazedBHG | April 8, 2010 2:24 PM

Wow...so this poll shows that 36% actually are in favor of celebrating a a treasonous confederate regime which chose to seceed from the nation before renouncing slavery?

36%

Wow. I'm not morally perfect, but I really figured at least 9 out of 10 folks reading the Washington Post considered the confederacy a rancid stain on American history.

Posted by: free-donny | April 8, 2010 2:40 PM

I have ancestors who fought in the Civil War, but I'm much more concerned with the here and now. Our governor should be pulling people together, not dividing them, and attracting tourism dollars, not disgusting people who live out of state. Was all this really worth the sop to the "Sons" of Confederate Veterans (as if there are many actual sons still alive)?

Posted by: valandsend | April 8, 2010 3:51 PM

McConnell to accept unconditional surrender terms from Obama during a re-creation of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox.

Posted by: Maddogg | April 8, 2010 4:35 PM

Sick of hearing about it.
We all see 80 hours of MLK every single January, who doesn't know there was slavery and bad bad bad white people in our past?

Posted by: kls1 | April 8, 2010 6:29 PM

Virginia's governor has insulted every African American in his state -- but I am sure he doesn't care.
***********

probably the biggest cry-baby statement ive heard in a while. if whites in the entire USA took that stance, Obama would have never even been the democratic nominee because it came out he was in a radical black church which offended whites for 20 years.

think about that comparison: one proclimation written on one day, versus 20 years of sitting with jerimiah wright.

now grow up.

Posted by: dummypants | April 8, 2010 7:51 PM

right slavery was as bad for black people as the holocaust: blacks better off in america than anywhere in the history of the effing world VS. jews had to flee germany and create their own state and the ones that were left were fed to the gas chambers and ovens.

seriously, slavery was a terrible moral wrong but it looks like a joke in comparison to what the nazis did in the 20th century and making the comparison almost makes me want to make light of slavery. every people have been enslaved at some point.

Posted by: dummypants | April 8, 2010 7:55 PM

It's Confederate History Month, not Celebrate Slavery Month ... an opportunity to look at where we were and how far we've come, not a wish to return to the past.

Posted by: Francesco_1 | April 8, 2010 10:10 PM

The Confederacy is the most anti-American chapter of this country's history. Seceding after losing an election was a dumb, childish thing to do, and it cost hundreds of thousands of lives. How can one celebrate the Confederacy and be a proud American at the same time?

It's one thing to encourage the study of the Civil War. Glorifying the Confederacy, however, is quite offensive and quite anti-American.

Posted by: AguyfromVirginia | April 8, 2010 11:43 PM

Oh goodness dummypants - "think about that comparison: one proclimation written on one day, versus 20 years of sitting with jerimiah wright."

Are you serious?! Never mind that that one 'proclimation' was an incredibly insensitive reminder of the centuries of slavery our country was directly responsible. Centuries of beatings, abuse and moral vacuum involving the deaths of millions, and you want to compare that to some time spent IN A CHURCH?!?

Are you ready to shut up, and do some growing up yourself yet? Talk about the idiot post of the day....

Posted by: FredEvil | April 9, 2010 12:52 AM

Hmmm.... if the South is so bad, why are all the Yankees leaving the rust belt and heading for the sun belt? I'll betcha it's not southerners complaining about Confederate Month. Stay home if you don't like it.

Posted by: Kelvins13 | April 9, 2010 5:11 AM

I'm alot more worried about the present fiscal path of the country than I am Confederate History Month.
BTW, all you nut jobs who want to kick Texas and the rest of the South out of the Union, one dork even saying he wanted to kick some Texas butt, better think about the consequences. As we say about Yankees down here, let 'em freeze in the dark.

Posted by: BigOil2 | April 9, 2010 7:49 AM

We know that mr allen is a bigot from his coments during the past presidental campaign. the other governors will be tainted with the company they keep, people like mr allen.
virginia you are getting like south carolina with your political selections, you can do better.

Posted by: dgates1 | April 9, 2010 8:58 AM

oh by the way NORTH 1 south 0

Posted by: dgates1 | April 9, 2010 9:00 AM

The proclamation would receive a D-minus grade if presented as a history paper in any accredited school -- public or private -- in this country.

Not only did the proclamation absolutely fail to mention the dispute over slavery as the cause of the U.S. Civil War, it failed to mention that the secession debate in Virginia was so divisive that West Virginia split off from Virginia to form a new, slave-free state in 1861.

The proclamation creates the utterly false impression that secession was supported by a consensus in Virginia, when it fact, many thousands of Virginians took a courageous stand against the Tidewater elites by seceding from Virginia to form West Virginia.

The proclamation, even as amended, still does great damage to the truth and to the reputation of the person whose signature is affixed to it.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | April 9, 2010 10:37 AM

I'm embarassed that Dallas is home to a beautiful center-city park that honors the traitor Robert E. Lee. He may be an important figure in our history, but he does not deserve monuments and parks named after him.

Posted by: DavidCurrier1 | April 9, 2010 1:35 PM

Even independent of the slavery issue (and I agree it is importanht), I am against anything that would in any way honor those who took up arms against the U.S. The South started a war by firing on Ft. Sumpter and then have cried ever since about being beaten (not many monuments to Sherman or Lincoln there). The continued flying of a confederate flag (and not the real one but the battle flag for some reason) is equally offensive. Some wanted to fly it because it once flew over that territory. Can you imagine the Nazi flag flying in France because Nazi's once controlled their country? That flag was raised against the stars and stripes and therefore should NEVER be honored.

Slavery and all that it brought along with it has been the biggest roadblock to progress in America and continues to be so. Why people keep fighting that war is beyond me. Perhaps Lincoln was too lenient.

Slavery is the reason we have a bicameral congress which manages to slow down progress, is the root of the Electoral College which keeps us from having majority rule. It has given us the "states rights" code words for bigotry since the right they really wanted was to enslave others and later to discriminate.

You can still see this hate. Many blame it on the Republicans, but they were the original Civil Rights folks. The problem is, and has always been, the Conservatives. They did not want the change of eliminating slavery so they backed the pro slavery Democrats and when they got the vote, black folks tended to be Republicans. Later, when Truman integrated the armed services and LBJ passed Civil Rights legislation, the bigots all switched to the Republican party and eventually the GOP strongholds in the NE became Democratic. The constant in all of this is the attitude of some (certainly not all) Southerners who refuse to accept that they lost and move on. They want to keep refighting that war.

Us celebrating the Confederacy is like England celebrating the American Revolution. I'm sure they see George Washington as a traitor just as we should see Robert E. Lee.

Were it not for the heritage of slavery, I think we could now be one country working in harmony instead of being perpetually divided.

Posted by: TomfromNJ1 | April 9, 2010 1:50 PM

Ok folks I do not understand why this is such a big deal to everyone. I mean we have Black History Month dont we? And wasnt it Black slave drivers in Africa that shipped the "future slaves" to the states in the first place? Why is that not brought up in Black History Month speeches? I do not understand why it is that people have to take issue with any kind of history that occured south of the Mason Dixon Line. As a jewish person I do not condemn every German for what the NAZI regime did, nor do I condemn every Egyption I meet for holding "my people" as slaves for thousands of years. It's time to move on folks and stop blaming those of us alive today for what was done before we were born.

Posted by: Malaki33 | April 16, 2010 8:48 AM

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