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Posted at 6:00 PM ET, 04/ 7/2010

McDonnell apologizes for slavery omission

By Washington Post editors

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, under fire from some for his proclamation on Confederate History Month, issued the following statement Wednesday evening:

“The proclamation issued by this Office designating April as Confederate History Month contained a major omission. 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 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. In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly approved a formal statement of “profound regret” for the Commonwealth’s history of slavery, which was the right thing to do.


When I signed the Proclamation designating February as Black History Month, and as I look out my window at the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, I am reminded that, even 150 years later, Virginia’s past is inextricably part of our present. The Confederate History Month proclamation issued was solely intended to promote the study of our history, encourage tourism in our state in advance of the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, and recognize Virginia’s unique role in the story of America. The Virginia General Assembly unanimously approved the establishment of a Sesquicentennial American Civil War Commission to prepare for and commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the War, in order to promote history and create recognition programs and activities.


As Virginians we carry with us both the burdens and the blessings of our history. Virginia history undeniably includes the fact that we were the Capitol of the Confederacy, the site of more battlefields than any other state, and the home of the signing of the peace agreement at Appomattox. Our history is perhaps best encapsulated in a fact I noted in my Inaugural Address in January: The state that served as the Capitol of the Confederacy was also the first in the nation to elect an African-American governor, my friend, L. Douglas Wilder. America’s history has been written in Virginia. We cannot avoid our past; instead we must demand that it be discussed with civility and responsibility. During the commemoration of the Civil War over the next four years, I intend to lead an effort to promote greater understanding and harmony in our state among our citizens.”
In addition the Governor announced that the following language will be added to the Proclamation: WHEREAS, it is important for all Virginians to understand that the institution of slavery led to this war and was an evil and inhumane practice that deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights and all Virginians are thankful for its permanent eradication from our borders, and the study of this time period should reflect upon and learn from this painful part of our history…..


3:49 p.m.
Sheila Johnson criticizes McDonnell


Sheila Johnson, one of Gov. Bob McDonnell's top African American supporters and the wealthy co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, condemned him Wednesday for declaring April Confederate History Month.

McDonnell (R) left out anti-slavery language in the seven-paragraph declaration that called for Virginians "to understand the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the Civil War."

"I must condemn Governor McDonnell's Proclamation honoring 'Confederate History Month,' and its insensitive disregard of Virginia's complicated and painful history, the remnants of which many Virginians still wrestle with today,'' Johnson wrote in a statement. "The complete omission of slavery from an official government document, which purports to be a call for Virginians to 'understand' and 'study' their history, is both academically flawed and personally offensive. If Virginians are to celebrate their 'shared history,' as this proclamation suggests, then the whole truth of this history must be recognized and not evaded."

Johnson, a Democrat, was one of McDonnell's biggest supporters last year on the campaign trail. She even came to his defense when some questioned his commitment to women's rights after the publication of his 1989 graduation school thesis in which he wrote that working women were a detriment to society. She argued as a working woman she trusted McDonnell to be helpful to boost the economy.

-- Anita Kumar

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By Washington Post editors  | April 7, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  African American, Black Entertainment Television, Bob McDonnell, Civil War, Confederate History Month, Sheila Johnson, Virginia  
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Johnson, a Democrat, was one of McDonnell's biggest supporters last year on the campaign trail. She even came to his defense when some questioned his commitment to women's rights after the publication of his 1989 graduation school thesis in which he wrote that working women were a detriment to society. She argued as a working woman she trusted McDonnell to be helpful to boost the economy.

And you're an idiot for trusting and believing anything this man says. You're also committing career suicide by backing him. I wonder how many BET viewers know that you supported him. Probably not very many, maybe I'll make a commercial specifically for BET stating the truth. TRUTH, we could use more of that in our government.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | April 7, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

This criticism is entirely facetious. Johnson knew what sort of man she was supporting, and knew that he would be beholden to "Heritage" interests, and what they cared about. This PR release covers her bases with her critics, but does not excuse her support of a man who was politically committed to this proclamation.

Posted by: dtipson | April 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Johnson, a Democrat, was one of McDonnell's biggest supporters last year on the campaign trail. She even came to his defense when some questioned his commitment to women's rights after the publication of his 1989 graduation school thesis in which he wrote that working women were a detriment to society. She argued as a working woman she trusted McDonnell to be helpful to boost the economy.

And you're an idiot for trusting and believing anything this man says. You're also committing career suicide by backing him. I wonder how many BET viewers know that you supported him. Probably not very many, maybe I'll make a commercial specifically for BET stating the truth. TRUTH, we could use more of that in our government.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | April 7, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

You do know her and Bob Johnson sold BET back in 1999, right?

Posted by: meatkins | April 7, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

No career suicide. Ms. Johnson sold BET years ago and is literally a billionaire.

I agree this woman who created a trashy network like BET, that did much more harm to black people than confederate history month, knew what she was getting into by supporting Mcdonnell in the first place.

Posted by: Keto | April 7, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse


Whoooops!

Well, maybe it was about tourism... or maybe it was about energizing the VA members of the Tea Party for the 2010 elections . . .

Posted by: kenhyde | April 7, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

This is McDee waking up to realize he signed away any chance at a national office when he signed the proclamation for Confederate History Month. Oh, and you trust him, eh, Virginia? This is not ultimately the fault of Republicans in Virginia though. It's lazy democrats not going to the polls and voting as well as sleaze bags like Johnson and Wilder playing both sides of the fence when they knew damn well what McDee was and is. Lesson: show up in November Democrats and vote!

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | April 7, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

"Capitol" of the Confederacy? These dudes don't even know how to spell.

Posted by: johnstonrw | April 7, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Shockingly stupid, and a carpetbagger at that. Brainwashed at Regents Law School?

Posted by: readerny | April 7, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I still think I'll avoid VA till Bubba's out of office.

Posted by: hairguy01 | April 7, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

This whole travesty makes Allen's "Macaca moment" look like Bambi.

How does a Southern governor proclaim Confederacy History Month and omit our nation's original sin from the proclamation without losing his office?

This is a firing offense.

Posted by: FormerSubscriber | April 7, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

April 6: McDonnell issues a statement glorifying the CSA.

April 7: McDonnell issues a statement calling slavery an "abomination" and blaming it for the Civil War.

April 8: He keeps his mouth shut?

Posted by: fleeciewool | April 7, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

This whole travesty makes Allen's "Macaca moment" look like Bambi.

How does a Southern governor proclaim Confederacy History Month and omit our nation's original sin from the proclamation without losing his office?

This is a firing offense.

Posted by: FormerSubscriber
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Wow. Just wow.

When you've got a weak brain, and your mind is narrow....

Posted by: lingering_lead | April 7, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the Democrats. The Confederacy should not be honored as half a million men were killed, not the tens of millions that religious wars have killed, but still, too many.

Confederate History, Catholic, Protestant etc. should be outlawed as they all have murdered millions in their lust for power.

Please write about the all honors that should be taken away from the Religious Right as well.

Posted by: llrllr | April 7, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

You lefties get your skid marked panties in a bunch over the most ridiculous things..

Posted by: wewintheylose | April 7, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

When yhou tell the blacks to go to h...l you need a bit of courage. Not here, I guess.

Posted by: ravitchn | April 7, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Bigfoot, I'm not a BET viewer, but a good deal of African Americans knew Sheila Johnson came out for McDonnell. She fully endorsed his run in the Washington Post.

Posted by: gr8bigguy | April 7, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Never crossed the Governor's mind that slavery, the Civil War, and the Confederacy were bad things. Kind of reflects his true inner self.

Posted by: chucky-el | April 7, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Keto, I don't understand how her allegedly "trashy network" affects those of us who are Black, but never watched BET, but have slaves in our ancestory. You are sadly mistakenly. My grandmother is over 100 years old and was indentured servant and still has whip marks on her back. Whites her my family more than BET. Please pick your face up off of the ground and NEVER EVER make another stupid comment like that again.

Posted by: gr8bigguy | April 7, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

An apology is not good enough. A resignation is.

Why are the right-wing radicals being so openly offensive lately? I have always known right-wingers have never had the best interests of the American people at heart but this action and many others look like they are trying to provoke a confrontation. These days it looks like they really do want violence, open warfare to finally seize our government and oppress the entire nation. Look what they did to education, the economy and the American workers. And all of it based on a network of lies the poor, uneducated, misinformed and misled right-wing masses can't figure out for themselves.

I have to agree with Bill Moyers. When the American right-wing gets involved democracy and the safety of our nation is the last thing on their minds. I am very much afraid of what these fanatical ideologues will stoop to to seize power again.

Posted by: BigTrees | April 7, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Miss Shelia has egg on her face.

What did Thurgood Marshall say about snakes?

Posted by: samf911 | April 7, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, an "omission"? So you somehow just "forgot" to mention slavery when you were discussing VA's history and the civil war? This guy is playing the worst kind of politics. He purposely left out "slavery" to pander to his base of right wingers and now after realizing he torched his chance at ever getting elected to a higher office he now changes his tune? This guy lied to everyone in VA to get elected and has lied ever since he got into office. I just hope he gets forced out of politics after his term is over (which cannot be soon enough).

Posted by: rc95959 | April 7, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell should go on tour with Bachmann and Palin the new 3 stooges, my apologies to the original 3 stooges.

Posted by: eddie1247 | April 7, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps then it would also be appropriate to condemn Congressman Poe of Texas, who equated health care reform with "chains and slavery".

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?r111:15:./temp/~r111RCLxCI::

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 7, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson sold out and I'm not talking about to McDonald but she sold out for money. She and her former husband Bob sanctioned the nasty treatment of young women and men in videos, all the while taking the money and dividing it up and going separate ways. Sheila provided a venue for young woman to shake their rumps while she taught her own daughter how to be an equestrian. McDonald can have her.

Posted by: MILLER123 | April 7, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson can go to HELL. I mean, her soul has already been condemned to go there because of that wretched abomination that she co-founded with Lucifer himself... BET.

Posted by: BLKManCommonSense | April 7, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson sold out and I'm not talking about to McDonald but she sold out for money. She and her former husband Bob sanctioned the nasty treatment of young women and men in videos, all the while taking the money and dividing it up and going separate ways. Sheila provided a venue for young woman to shake their rumps while she taught her own daughter how to be an equestrian. McDonald the clown can have her.

Posted by: MILLER123 | April 7, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Let's Be Real, Everyone know's that he think's like the KKK, People if you are not white, LOOK OUT, his action's speaks for how he is as a person

Posted by: theonlysugarcomcastnet | April 7, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

If Sheila and her husband want to repent she should repay every cent she took and spend it on woman who have been abused. He should also spend his on educating young black men on how they should treat woman.

Posted by: MILLER123 | April 7, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

As a citizen of Virginia, that can trace their roots back to this state well before the Civil War, I think it is imperative to let people know that our Governor, at the request of the Sons of the Confederacy, (please read the comments by the head of that organization in regards to political correctness) has declared the month of April, Confederate History Month in this state. The governor wants to commemorate the sacrifices the people of the Confederacy, and their lives, with no mention of slavery. These people would not have had a life without slaves. Who do they think cooked for them and looked after their homes, wives, and children while they were at war?
This is an affront to all citizens of Virginia, to celebrate the lives of a secessionist government that committed treason by breaking the Union. The Confederacy was a government that wanted to continue the oppression and enslavement of a people that had been institutionally oppressed for more than two hundred years. Where is the celebration in that? How can the Governor tell the story of the Confederacy without including this major part of history? The system of slavery was anti-democratic and goes against the very grain of the Constitution of the United States. To make matters worse the supporters of the Confederacy continued their tyranny after the war, by instituting Jim Crow laws, and encouraging domestic terrorists such as the Ku Klux Klan and other supremacist groups to terrorize, kill, and burn in the name of “States Rights.” The governor is saying that by commemorating the History of the Confederacy this will bring revenue to our tourism industry, I could say that slavery was instituted as an revenue building institution for our state, but that does not make it right morally or ethically. The legal sale of cocaine may enhance the revenue of Virginia, but does that make it right?
This week is spring break for a lot of children in our area, and I took my niece and nephews to the Holocaust Museum and the Black History Museum of Virginia. On the way out of the Holocaust Museum there is a placate on the building that says something to the effect, Think about what you saw, the next time you see hatred, the next time you see injustice, the next time you see genocide…do you stand by and watch or keep silent? Slavery for a lot of citizens of Virginia was our Holocaust…the genocide of a people…that can not trace their roots, lost all traces of their original heritage and family members to violence and injustice that the government of the Confederacy supported and upheld.
Please ask your neighbors not to stand by while the Governor of Virginia tries to eradicate history. This is not a partisan issue, this is a reformation for truth, if the Governor wants to encourage history, I applaud his efforts, however, one must tell the entire truth of the history, he must celebrate the lives of all people in Virginia at the time.
A concerned Virginian

Posted by: schandler_37 | April 7, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Haha too little, too late. You release a bull***t apology for slavery AFTER every major national news outlet (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/virginia-governor-declares-april-as-confederate-history-month/?fbid=gvuOpbsHJf0) picked up the story today, and the WaPo printed no less than 5 stories/editorials criticizing your nonsense. I'll still stay in Maryland and DC and avoid your pathetic redneck-filled state.

Northern Virginia (Arlginton, Alexandria, and Fairfax) should do what West Virginia wisely did when Virginia decided to do similar garbage--create your own state.

Posted by: one4all | April 7, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

JUST AN OBSERVATION --

WHY DID WAPO GIVE THIS STORY SUCH VISIBILITY?
WHY DID WAPO USE THE OLD STARS AND BARS?

There is much heavier news that will affect all Americans happening throughout our world that bears much more ink -- but, WaPo decides to spread a lot of ink that will get those prone to divisiveness to either get in their pickup trucks and run down the road tooting their horns, or the other side start pouting and marching.

WaPo, take a look at what the European press is covering, and TAKE A HINT!!

Posted by: wheeljc | April 7, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

That's better. At least he responds, instead of digging in his heels. I'm sure he got a torrent of email from Virginians, mine included. Still, he never needed to make the original proclamation honoring the CSA in order to promote tourism, and we know what purpose it really was meant for.

Posted by: hitpoints | April 7, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree with kenhyde. Our Govenor's original version was obviously meant to get teabaggers and arch rightist racist in the hinterwald of Virginia to all rush to the polls come election time. He would like to teach us "commie" North Virginians who delivered this state to a Democrat (and the horror of one of not lilly white skin) a lesson.

Posted by: Anne12 | April 7, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

The State of Virginia has yet to acknowledge that with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox the Southern way of life ended and so did States' Rights.

Virginia is carrying on as if all those deaths between 1861 and 1865 have no value.

Posted by: Maddogg | April 7, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

His update is pure BS. He meant what he said the first time and this update is just to negate the bad press that he got. Like I said, on my upcomimg trip to SC, I will use bathrooms in Virginia, but spend my money on gas and food in NC and SC.

Posted by: oakiedokie | April 7, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Get over it lefties, we're in charge now..

Posted by: wewintheylose | April 7, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

So, the Governor has apologized to any Virginian he offended?

Governor, your current apology is NOT accepted, nor will any future apology. I am not currently a Virginian, but I have lived in the STATE of Virginia, and part of my (paternal) ancestry is from the Shenandoah Valley.

Governor, before you dig your grave any deeper, consider not doing any more talking. Except, unless your aim is to fire up the members of the Democratic Party for this November's election, keep talking, and invite Steele, Palin and Bachmann to an event you are speaking at, and where each of the others are given a large speaking role. I think we could consider such a gathering a representation of the Four Horsemen of Biblical reference (not Notre Dame reference).

Posted by: critter69 | April 7, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

My grandmother is over 100 years old and was indentured servant and still has whip marks on her back. Whites her my family more than BET. Please pick your face up off of the ground and NEVER EVER make another stupid comment like that again.

Posted by: gr8bigguy | April 7, 2010 7:42 PM
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Your grandmother may have scars from whips, but not from being a slave or an indentured servant. 100 years only takes you back to 1910; the Civil War ended in 1865. Both slavery and indentured servitude were outlawed by the 13th Amendment, ratified in 1865.

Posted by: gbooksdc | April 7, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

So who's Kookinelli going to sue this time?

Posted by: solsticebelle | April 7, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

>>The Confederate History Month proclamation issued was solely intended to promote the study of our history, encourage tourism in our state in advance of the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, and recognize Virginia’s unique role in the story of America. <<

Regardless of the "intention," the proclamation was wrongheaded, shortsighted, and just plain dumb.

Why shouldn't Germany declare April "Nazi remembrance month"? After all, many Germans died for the cause, and many battlefields and concentration camps can be visited to this day.

Sometimes, governor, you can use anologies to decide whether something is right. This most certainly is not. It should be repealed, and you should apologize. Disgusting!

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | April 7, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

"...signing of the peace agreement at Appomattox. "

It was not a "peace agreement." It was a surrender. Grant sent a note to Lee telling him to meet to discuss surrender, not peace. Indeed, Grant said it was not a meeting about peace but about surrender since Grant did not have the authority to negotiate peace agreements. After several exchanges Lee eventually agreed to meet to discuss surrender terms.

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/appomatx.htm

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | April 7, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I would imagine that Virginians of African decent, whose ancestors were raped and murdered by confederate thugs, are just thrilled to have this jerk as their governor.

Posted by: orange3 | April 7, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Too Late.

Posted by: eveban | April 7, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

FormerSubscribe ~ like to make a correction that you will see to be quite necessary ~ so, no, slavery wasn't America's original sin.

The imposition of slavery in America was Europe's sin ~ and it wasn't all that original with those people.

Frankly, I am very tired of having people whose heads are full of air rather than knowledge making apologies for me about things that simply aren't true.

A large number of my own ancestors were brought to America as slaves. They freed themselves earlier than the African-American people, but the initial conditions were the same.

The crimes were commited by Europeans. The solution rose up from the broad masses of the American people.

Posted by: muawiyah | April 7, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I would imagine that Virginians of African decent, whose ancestors were raped and murdered by confederate thugs, are just thrilled to have this jerk as their governor.

Posted by: orange3 | April 7, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Virginia is for haters:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-cluchey/virginia-is-for-haters_b_529206.html

Please, governor, please take your rednecks and form a new country. Take the rest of those idiot red states with you. Please!!!!

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | April 7, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Good catch regarding Appomattox Alan Goldberg. What is going on with these people across the river?

Grant should have had Lee blindfolded and shot!

Posted by: johng1 | April 7, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

GeorgHerbet ~ knowing that all your ancestors arrived AFTER Appomatox, I'd like to invite you to take your invective and European Rhetoric somewhere else.

This is an American thing and outsiders are simply not invited ~ not on my side, not on the Governor's side, not on anybody's side.

I assure you the greater part of Grant's fine army would qualify in your book as uneducated crude rednecks of the worst sort ~ and of such people God creates his Armies of Justice and his Prophets.

Posted by: muawiyah | April 7, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, can appreciate this as a teachable moment. The inclusion of slavery, and hopefully indepth and truthful information about slavery, during Confederate History Month is a valuable tool for putting the truth forward and showing the proper prospective to both sides of this historical issue. I hope as well that more people will come to realize that we are still owed a debt and should be paid.

Posted by: duchess56me | April 7, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

booger holler, look at all the idiots defending shiftless, lazy resource sucking blacks. Its too bad the confederacy did not suceed. Just think today we would 50% less murders. Oh well keep apologizing

Posted by: goziner | April 7, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I have 8 Great Great Grandfathers and several Great Grandfathers who freed your ancestors, and no one has paid us yet.

Freedom is, as it turns out, priceless. Feel privileged to have that amount of it that you can grasp.

Posted by: muawiyah | April 7, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I simply can't imagine why any public official could be stupid enough to embrace such a controversial subject as "Confederate History Month".

Just exactly what positive contributions did the Confederacy make to the history of the United States? The years 1861 to 1865 should be forgotten, aside from the lessons they can teach about oppression, slavery and hatred of fellow Americans.

I'm a Republican, and I find McDonnell's proclamation abhorrent and his subsequent apology empty in face of it.

Pandering to the (hopefully) racist minority in his state that wish to glorify this dark era of American history doesn't improve his position in my mind.

Posted by: EddietheInfidel | April 7, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

a day of celebration for the courageous fight against slavery led by nat turner and a statue of him on monument avenue under the governors leadership and endorsement would mean a lot more than his edited words.

Posted by: george32 | April 7, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson is classy woman, I respect her, but she and Robert Johnson made billions of a network that promoted negative sterotypes of blacks, like rap and trashy shows, not all people black people like rap or Tyler Perry movies.McDonnell did right thing today, if we celebrate Confederate History Month, we need make sure we do not forget the evils of slavery during this time.

Posted by: nativeva1 | April 7, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I simply can't imagine why any public official could be stupid enough to embrace such a controversial subject as "Confederate History Month".

Just exactly what positive contributions did the Confederacy make to the history of the United States? The years 1861 to 1865 should be forgotten, aside from the lessons they can teach about oppression, slavery and hatred of fellow Americans.

I'm a Republican, and I find McDonnell's proclamation abhorrent and his subsequent apology empty in face of it.

Pandering to the (hopefully) racist minority in his state that wish to glorify this dark era of American history doesn't improve his position in my mind.

Posted by: EddietheInfidel | April 7, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Virginia is for Lovers . . . of hypocrisy, racism, and profit at any cost.

Posted by: mradams | April 7, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Just call it Racist Traitors' Month and be done with it.

Posted by: usemark1 | April 7, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Heeey Bob!!!

Dear, you need a little more *spin* in your explaination.

Perhaps you can check with The Heritage Foundation or Limbaugh, or better yet, Laura Ingram. She *spins* so fast she usually has two (2) *lefties* on at the same time so she can show her stuff!

Sheila, when you were pretending that you weren't hearing things, well, you now know that you were.

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | April 7, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

How stupid of the governor to take such divisive action. I have lived in VA for 10 years and of course paid a hefty amount in taxes but I guess I'm not a Virginian since my great grandfather and his 4 brothers fought for the Union (and 2 died). So what am I supposed to do during Confederate History Month? Celebrate? Mourn the Confederate dead? I mourn all who died. This should have been Virginia History Month. At least everybody could participate. The war is long gone - time to move on.

Posted by: deltadelta | April 7, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

His clarification rings hollow. He has already blown the dog whistle for racist Virginians. Shame on the Governor!

Posted by: whirlwind81 | April 7, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse


McDonnell did the right thing to act quickly to amend the original proclamation.

I hope that from now on Virginia's Governors will declare April to be Virginia History month.

Posted by: junomoneta88 | April 7, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson must have some loose screws to vote for a man that not only disrespects blacks but disrespects women. She makes no sense to me. He is a simpleton with a 1950s mind that is rascist, sexist, and uninformed.

Posted by: jharlin00 | April 7, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, now our esteemed Governor has decided to acknowledge that Virginia, the virtual creator of the slave trade and it's principal proponent when treason was the adopted policy of the state government, should at least mention this while celebrating Confederate History. How embarrassed can we Virginians be now ... more than yesterday when it became clear that revisionists were on an agenda mission for 'states rights.' Or more than today, when our sordid past in slavery, in eugenics, in opposition to women's suffrage, in taking 'massive resistance' to school integration to the U.S. Supreme Court after closing our schools so African American children couldn't attend public education, and after writing hatred into our Constitution again just a few years ago with regard to equal rights to marry. Wouldn't you think, wouldn't you just think that enough is enough, and that we should turn a page. My ancestors, over a dozen of them fought for the South -- to defend the rights of rich Southern landowners to also own slaves. All of us bear the shame of that, but it's way in the past. Now, in the future, we continue to be shamed by those we elect.

Posted by: PostBad887 | April 7, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

slavery?

uh......

what slavery?

Posted by: coloradodog | April 7, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

He also needs to apologize for years and years of prejudice in some areas of Virginia and the shunning for many years of African Americans and those who support their fight for equality.

Posted by: marjie01 | April 7, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Why not just proclaim "Civil War History Month".

Note: None of the Confederate Leaders were tried for "treason"
since it would have required the Supreme Court to rule on the question of secession.

Posted by: martychapman | April 7, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

JohnstonRW:

Capitol is the spelling for the building--the Capitol of Virgina or the Capitol of the USA.

Capital is for the city, Washinton is the capital of the USA.

The spelling is correct!

Posted by: philoshilden | April 7, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Sounds good to me Governor Bob.
Seems like a good fellow.

Posted by: katman13 | April 7, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

JohnstonRW:

Capitol is the spelling for the building--the Capitol of Virgina or the Capitol of the USA.

Capital is for the city, Washington is the capital of the USA.

The spelling is correct!

Posted by: philoshilden | April 7, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The basic sentiments of the commentors is correct: slavery was/is wrong. However, there is alot of misinformation being thrown around here and even in many text books, probably in an attempt to simply the history; however this is an example of simplification warping the truth.

1. Seceeding from the Union is a right of the individual states guaranteed by the Constitution; it is not treason. It is States' Rights.
2. The civil war was not triggered by slavery but by taxes and tariffs. Slavery was the industrial machinery of the south so slavery was involved, however it was mostly an argument used to justify going to war, just like Bush and the still-missing WMDs. If the south had agreed to pay the taxes and tariffs imposed by the Union on the slave revenue of the south, then the war would not have happened or at least not for a long while. If slavery had not existed the war also would very likely not have happened, but not because of the lack of slavery, but instead, the lack of a reason palatable to the Union citizenry for going into an expensive war. Don't just believe the history text books that you read in school and college. Do your own research of our economic and social and political history by visiting the Federal and various States' Archives & Historical Societies where you can even read old newspapers and correspondences and look at old maps and legal and government documents.

You are naive if you think that this country has ever gone to war strictly over human rights. We do not fire a bullet unless there is money at stake.

Oh, and by the way, I am a Negro 1st generation immigrant who does his own research instead of merely believing the textbooks written by the Winner.

Don't believe me? Then ask yourself this question: Why didn't Lincoln go to bat for the Native Americans who were not just enslaved but slaughtered right off?

Posted by: miles2go_2000 | April 7, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

THERE ARE "BORN HERES" AND "COME HERES" AND "STUCK HERES" in the Commonwealth.

If you have the great good fortune to avoid being stuck here, good for you. If not, then you need to vote; but you surely need to examine these candidates thoroughly.

Just because somebody has a hair dryer and hair spray, nice clothes and talks real good don't make him no intellect, and, certainly does not make him a leader with integrity.

And that law degree doesn't quite fill the bill either...

We get the government we deserve. Don't like it? Fix it, next time around.

Posted by: suzeq | April 7, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

THERE ARE "BORN HERES" AND "COME HERES" AND "STUCK HERES" in the Commonwealth.

If you have the great good fortune to avoid being stuck here, good for you. If not, then you need to vote; but you surely need to examine these candidates thoroughly.

Just because somebody has a hair dryer and hair spray, nice clothes and talks real good don't make him no intellect, and, certainly does not make him a leader with integrity.

And that law degree doesn't quite fill the bill either...

We get the government we deserve. Don't like it? Fix it, next time around.

Posted by: suzeq | April 7, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

THERE ARE "BORN HERES" AND "COME HERES" AND "STUCK HERES" in the Commonwealth.

If you have the great good fortune to avoid being stuck here, good for you. If not, then you need to vote; but you surely need to examine these candidates thoroughly.

Just because somebody has a hair dryer and hair spray, nice clothes and talks real good don't make him no intellect, and, certainly does not make him a leader with integrity.

And that law degree doesn't quite fill the bill either...

We get the government we deserve. Don't like it? Fix it, next time around.

Posted by: suzeq | April 7, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

THERE ARE "BORN HERES" AND "COME HERES" AND "STUCK HERES" in the Commonwealth.

If you have the great good fortune to avoid being stuck here, good for you. If not, then you need to vote; but you surely need to examine these candidates thoroughly.

Just because somebody has a hair dryer and hair spray, nice clothes and talks real good don't make him no intellect, and, certainly does not make him a leader with integrity.

And that law degree doesn't quite fill the bill either...

We get the government we deserve. Don't like it? Fix it, next time around.

Posted by: suzeq | April 7, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

THERE ARE "BORN HERES" AND "COME HERES" AND "STUCK HERES" in the Commonwealth.

If you have the great good fortune to avoid being stuck here, good for you. If not, then you need to vote; but you surely need to examine these candidates thoroughly.

Just because somebody has a hair dryer and hair spray, nice clothes and talks real good don't make him no intellect, and, certainly does not make him a leader with integrity.

And that law degree doesn't quite fill the bill either...

We get the government we deserve. Don't like it? Fix it, next time around.

Posted by: suzeq | April 7, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I am waiting for all the Teabaggers and fellow travelling Repukes to condemn Massa Robert for his waffling flip-flop, just like they do whenever anyone who isn't a Repuke scumbag tries to explain a change of mind.

This duplicitous jerk is just another in a line of GOPerverts who do and say whatever will stir up their imbecilic supporters, then choke out some lame apology. Afterwards, they wink, and use their obnoxious behavior as a fundraising mechanism.

I can't see why anyone accepts any Repuke apology, but as I am fortunate enough not to live in Virginia, I guess I don't care.

Posted by: daweeni | April 7, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Where's the Jobs Bob?????? Bob promised to be a "Jobs Governor" and so for all he and his Attorney General have done is revive the old "culture wars" that have lost the GOP Northern Virginia. We all knew his ideas on the campaign trail were not going to work--and he has done none of them. Everytime a Northern Virginian runs over a pot hole eventhough we pay much more taxes than the rest of the state a Virginia GOP delegate in Richmond laughs. Bob has up to now proven imcompetent. The only reason people support him is their hatred of democrats. If people actually looked at his body of work and were honest--they would see he has done NOTHING!

Sheila deserved this--she knew he was a culture warrior. She doesn't care about blacks--anybody that gets rich selling young impressionable blacks the "ghetto lifestyle" that encourages them to be dumb and violent so she can get rich and send her child to "horse riding camps" wasn't very black in the first place. BET is a joke!

Posted by: jcar2 | April 7, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Where's the Jobs Bob?????? Bob promised to be a "Jobs Governor" and so for all he and his Attorney General have done is revive the old "culture wars" that have lost the GOP Northern Virginia. We all knew his ideas on the campaign trail were not going to work--and he has done none of them. Everytime a Northern Virginian runs over a pot hole eventhough we pay much more taxes than the rest of the state a Virginia GOP delegate in Richmond laughs. Bob has up to now proven imcompetent. The only reason people support him is their hatred of democrats. If people actually looked at his body of work and were honest--they would see he has done NOTHING!

Sheila deserved this--she knew he was a culture warrior. She doesn't care about blacks--anybody that gets rich selling young impressionable blacks the "ghetto lifestyle" that encourages them to be dumb and violent so she can get rich and send her child to "horse riding camps" wasn't very black in the first place. BET is a joke!

Posted by: jcar2 | April 7, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Where's the Jobs Bob?????? Bob promised to be a "Jobs Governor" and so for all he and his Attorney General have done is revive the old "culture wars" that have lost the GOP Northern Virginia. We all knew his ideas on the campaign trail were not going to work--and he has done none of them. Everytime a Northern Virginian runs over a pot hole eventhough we pay much more taxes than the rest of the state a Virginia GOP delegate in Richmond laughs. Bob has up to now proven imcompetent. The only reason people support him is their hatred of democrats. If people actually looked at his body of work and were honest--they would see he has done NOTHING!

Sheila deserved this--she knew he was a culture warrior. She doesn't care about blacks--anybody that gets rich selling young impressionable blacks the "ghetto lifestyle" that encourages them to be dumb and violent so she can get rich and send her child to "horse riding camps" wasn't very black in the first place. BET is a joke!

Posted by: jcar2 | April 7, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks WAPO. So much for free speech. You let all the vitriol directed at Sheila Johnson stay on the sight, but edit when other truths are revealed. Totally bogus.

Posted by: davis_renee | April 7, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

If McDonnell had had any sense, he would have designated April in Virginia as "American History Month." The influence of right-wing conservative ideology in his thinking - and don't tell me he wasn't thinking when he made his decision; he was appealing to his core constituency - makes him a poor choice for Governor, and unfit for future political office.

Posted by: dudh | April 7, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

If McDonnell had had any sense, he would have designated April in Virginia as "American History Month." The influence of right-wing conservative ideology in his thinking - and don't tell me he wasn't thinking when he made his decision; he was appealing to his core constituency - makes him a poor choice for Governor, and unfit for future political office.

Posted by: dudh | April 7, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

If McDonnell had had any sense, he would have designated April in Virginia as "American History Month." The influence of right-wing conservative ideology in his thinking - and don't tell me he wasn't thinking when he made his decision; he was appealing to his core constituency - makes him a poor choice for Governor, and unfit for future political office.

Posted by: dudh | April 7, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

They won't proclaim "Civil War History Month" because they want to celebrate the Confederacy, with it's treason, (you lose the election you have sworn to abide by and so you take up arms against the legitimate government. That's treason) it's debased motive for the war (yes, the motive WAS the preservation of slavery) and it's responsibility for the untold suffering by millions of Americans.

But they want to celebrate it. They've been waging a 145 year long propoganda campaign to turn the South into the victim of the North. What losers. They have no shame, which is the only thing that that should be feeling about the Confederacy.

This bigot McDonnnell was just being an honest Conferate apologist when he said that he didn't believe that slavery was a "significant" enough issue to be mentioned when he announced his insult to the memory of the sacrifices of every Union Soldier.

Posted by: toc59 | April 7, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

JohnstonRW:

Capitol is the spelling for the building--the Capitol of Virgina or the Capitol of the USA.

Capital is for the city, Washington is the capital of the USA.

The spelling is correct!

Posted by: philoshilden | April 7, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

JohnstonRW:

Capitol is the spelling for the building--the Capitol of Virgina or the Capitol of the USA.

Capital is for the city, Washington is the capital of the USA.

The spelling is correct!

Posted by: philoshilden | April 7, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Gee - let's take the moral high ground! Hmm, no ethnic cleansing here, not in the high-minded, Age of the Enlightenment (with some exceptions) US of A.

Yah - right! Sorry Cherokee Nation, sorry former slaves, sorry everyone else, including the nation of Mexico, but those were just youthful high-jinks (what you claim that's no excuse!).

Y'all c'mon back to Forstyth County, GA - we'll welcome you with open arms (...and burning crosses).

When will we grow up? CAN we grow up?

Apologies, even reparations - useless drivel. When do we change our behavior and, by that, the conversation?

Posted by: fr3dmars | April 7, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

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