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Bob McDonnell can't change Virginia's history of slavery

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to recognize April as Confederate History Month in the Commonwealth is within his rights as governor. He also is at liberty to word the proclamation any way he wants. But he cannot change the history of that shameful era in American life.

The governor's proclamation makes no mention of slavery. Instead, he speaks about the "sacrifices of Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the Civil War." My great grandfather and his siblings also lived in the area of Culpeper, Virginia in the 1800s. They weren't citizens or soldiers, however. They were slaves. They are a matter of record -- listed by name as property of a white Culpeper County family -- in the Culpeper County courthouse.

The Confederacy that McDonnell commemorates defended a way of life that was dedicated to keeping my family in bondage. It is, as I've said, within McDonnell's rights to call attention to Virginia's Confederate history. It is wrong, however, for the governor to ignore the evils of that period, including the reasons so much blood was shed and so many lives were lost or left in ruin in the first place. By omission in the proclamation, Virginians of African American heritage count for, as then.

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There are Communists who insist that history ignores all the good things about Totalitarianism. There are Germans who still believe in the total superiority of the German race and culture. There are White Southerns who still believe in the greater wonderfulness of the Gracious and Gentile Old South.

There's no lack of whackos in the world.

Posted by: thebobbob | April 7, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

What The Govenor is doing, is as much about what happened to slaves as anything else. If he were to specifically mention slavery, it would cheapen the gesture. To acknowledge that the civil war was fought here, and that there were many virginians, of all colors, lost and harmed by it is the message. It ended (or actually helped end) slavery, an abomination against all mankind. But to criticise our govenor for celebrating the heritage of our commonwealth is also an abomination. Not mentioning slavery does not mean that he is denying it existed, nor denying that it was and is an abomination against man and god alike.

Posted by: wlbyrd | April 7, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

In response to thebobbob: I do not "still believe in the greater wonderfulness of the Gracious and Gentile Old South"
I mearly understand that without our civil war, and virginia's part in it the condition of slvery in this country, and the civil rights of all our citizens would have significantly be changed. We needed to clarify many things, and the civil war did so. without it when do you suppose our country would have grown up and realized that the institution of slavery was an insult to all mankind? does celebrating the honor of the virginians who fought for their land cheapen the freedom of americans of all colors? I for one do not think so. read your history a little better, the secession of virginia came later than the election of a president. Until federal troops moved in and violated the states sovereignty. Virginia was not a part of the secessionist movements, not the confederacy. Also when were the slves freed? get your facts straight, if the war was primarily about slavery, then the emanticipation proclamation would have happened in 1860, not three years into the war. It would have freed all slaves, not just those in "lands under rebellion."

Posted by: wlbyrd | April 7, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Well hopefully the Guv won't mind when we designate May as "Victory over the Slaveholding South Month" and celebrate by marching to Richmond and burning it to the ground to commemorate Virginia getting it's comeuppance in 1865. Gotta keep history alive, right? I'd also like to see a month reserved for the commemoration of the Algonquian Indian massacre of Virginia settlers in 1622. This was clearly a case of defending the freedom of individuals against a tyrannical government.
I love celebrations.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | April 7, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

New state slogan:

"Virginia is for Loosers"
… who celebrate the
the pinnacle of
fear, hate, greed, and torture.

Thanks, Governor McDonnell!

Posted by: peterblaise | April 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I think just because it IS part of history it should be told and the people lashing out should just LIGHTEN UP IT WAS AND IS HISTORY !!!!!!if you say it should not then i say ok then i don't want to hear about BLACK HISTORY MONTH OK !!!!!!!! HYPOCRITES !!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | April 7, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

It's good to see racism challenged. Thanks for your piece on this.

In all fairness, we have to note that we're dealing with a RepubliKKKan governor, and the "States' Rights" issue is but a rallying point for those whose ancestors entertained themselves by routinely murdering blacks and denying them every opportunity they could.

What I find so remarkable is how the educated, wealthy and powerful RepubliKKKans of today condone such tactics to swell party ranks. My experience with a number of senior executives is not in line with these 'values' and I do not understand why they remain a part of an organization that is engaged in such disgusting pandering to hatred.
But, then the Nazis did well with their kind, too, so my experience must be wrong.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | April 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Look ast how blacks treat one another in our black cities. They would be better off on plantations.

Posted by: ravitchn | April 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I think it is time to take the spotlight off the slave era and put on the inequities of today. We cannot change history, but we can have an effect on the future.

In order to have a positive impact it will be necessary to address failures within the minority communities, failures by the government and by mainstream society rather than focusing on the ongoing racism.

Bigotry, in its many forms seems to be universal. Eliminating bigotry may be a wonderful ideal. As a practical matter, I think it is an unachievable goal. The children of today and tomorrow have very real needs that will not be met by obsessing on the slave era.

Posted by: Provincial | April 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

A little perspective:

Celebrating 'Confederate History' month is not about remembering a very significant period in American history; 'Civil War History' month would do that quite nicely.

Are we now going to see 'Nazi History' month replacing 'World War II' history month?

You can acknowledge/celebrate the period/war, but you don't have to acknowledge/celebrate the failed government ideals that spawned them.

Posted by: rpixley220 | April 7, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"...that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse." --U.S. Grant, 'Personal Memoirs'

Posted by: jthaddeus | April 7, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Virginia's politicians seem, of late, to be saying lots of stupid things. Are they trying to alienate the rest of America? Do they really believe this stuff, or have they been attending too many Tea Parties? (If anybody serves Kool-Aid at the Tea Party, RUN!)

So much for Virginia is for Lovers. I've heard enough lately to keep me from wanting to spend any of my vacation dollars there - as I had planned to do.

Posted by: DavidCurrier1 | April 7, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

wlbyrd - If it "is as much about what happened to slaves as anything else", then why not call it Slave History month? Calling it confederate history month just gives creedence to all the c***kers running around waving the dixie flag, while marginalizing the slaves. Let's be real, this is about making confederate, southern, close minded, white culture a more acceptable way of life and belief system in modern America. This is about mainstreaming modern confederacy (white, southern pride), not about slavery.

Posted by: rls9g | April 7, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

damnedgentleman wrote: "Well hopefully the Guv won't mind when we designate May as "Victory over the Slaveholding South Month" and celebrate by marching to Richmond and burning it to the ground to commemorate Virginia getting it's comeuppance in 1865."

Wonderful, I love it. I also loved the comment to the editorial piece by a writer who had been planning to include Virginia in vacation plan, but wrote that now it was out of the question. Boycott Virginia.

Posted by: martymar123 | April 7, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Look ast how blacks treat one another in our black cities. They would be better off on plantations.

Posted by: ravitchn | April 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse
Last time I checked there were no "black cities" in the US. So for you to even imply that anyone would be better off as a slave is beyond disgusting. I find it interesting that people like you usually have so much sympathy for the victims of the holocaust but can't muster an ounce of contempt for that period in American history when Americans enslaved others.

This is why this proclamation is so offensive. It gives idiots, like ravitchn, and excuse for his racism. Most of us know the history of the confederacy. There is no reason to celebrate it.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | April 7, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

We should not be honoring traitors who wanted nothing more than to overthrow the U.S. government and keep human being enslaved. Why not honor the Christian militia who also want to overthrow our government, even going so far as to plot the assassination of police officers? There is no difference. Traitors are traitors.

Posted by: esr11 | April 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Let's give credit where credit is due: the Confed. & the Antebellum regimes gave African Americans employment & kept them peacefully under control. Fast forward a century and a half: inner city blacks have turned into unemployed gangstas with driveby shootings and drug dealing.

Posted by: tiberiusjacksonIII | April 7, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

to: wmwilliams14

If you do not see the truth in the remarks by ravitchn, then you are the idiot. You are a plague on our house.

Posted by: numbersch13 | April 7, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

How lovely! Now the teabaggers don't have to change out of their stars and bars paraphernalia to experience the joys of Ole Richmond. What a celebration it will be! I'll bet the picture booths will be just jumping-especially the ones where you can put your head through the hole and posed as a lynched slave.
I wonder how many Nazi months the Germans have? I mean, that was all about National rights-right? The swastika tee-shirt concessions probably do as well as the confederate flag tees in the Old Dominion-don't you think?

Posted by: whereareweandwhatarewedoinginthishandbasket | April 7, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

numbersh13, what truth is that? Blacks would be better off as slaves? Do people like you really believe that?

So what about whites who live in poverty or are addicted to drugs? Would they be better off as slaves too?

I can't believe how many racists people like you are in this country, my country.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | April 7, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

When Jim Webb was running for Senator, the Post didn't bat an eye over the fact that he'd given a sympathetic speech at the Confederate Memorial. This is selective umbrage designed to serve a purely political goal.

Posted by: tomtildrum | April 7, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Meh, really...who cares? Much ado about nothing.

Posted by: luca_20009 | April 7, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

You know it is your ignorant inbred Fox tv watching, need to be told when to breathe and scratch your butt crackers that make me gag. You need to go back a hundred years to have any sense of self.
I am from the inner city of D.C and I have a two degrees, a son with my wife and no baby mamas. My friends also have good jobs are educated and take care of their families. are there individuals that are acting out, yes. But that is maybe 5% of the black/ african american population. So, it is offensive that a state wants to celebrate a time that specifically is related to keep people in chains, defy our nation's government, and secede when they do not have their way. Today those people are called terrorists, militants, black panthers. VA has some contributed some great things to our country's history but the confederacy is not part of it. If the governor wanted to call it Virginia's Colonial history month, cool, but the confederacy brings up bad memories for a lot of people. The author is stating that it is his right but it still leaves a bad taste in some people's mouth and we won't talk about how it is a ploy to drum up votes.

Posted by: k_laz | April 7, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Back off. Itis history. It did happen and it will always. Itis up to each person/I AM damn tired of everything the whites do is some form of insult to others. Get off it, it did happen.

Posted by: alice00tdsnet | April 7, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

As a conservative Virginian who tends to vote Republican, and I am mystified why the Governor would chose to wake this sleeping dog, instead of dealing with more substantive issues such as the recent unfunded healthcare mandates from Washington. However, I can't help but wondering if this is a rather hamfisted attempt at giving Obama a thumb in the eye, particularly in light of the Commonwealth's impending lawsuit against the Obama Administration. Perhaps he is trying to reawaken the states-right debate in preparation for this legal battle.

Regardless, I think this decision will not help his administration or the lawsuit, and most likely will do harm. Also, instead of trying to rally disaffected African Americans to the Conservative cause, he has instead created animus and division that will only hurt his party.

As for the topic of the relationshiop between slavery and the Civil War, anyone who has done some basic reading on the subject will know that Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, did not want to end slavery by fiat. Rather, he wanted it to end organically, under the weight of its own internal contradictions. Certainly, he believed the War was more about preservation of the Union, not the eradication of the Peculiar Institution. Indeed, as already mentioned, if slavery was in the forefront of his mind, then the Emancipation Proclamation would have been issued in 1861, and would have included slaves in the border states. The fact that the EP came later in the war, only after the Union was winning, helps prove this point.

Posted by: SScythe66 | April 7, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The issue should not be over some remembrance of slavery or the Civil War. A million men died fighting in a war which ended slavery, and the Confederacy. The issue should be over remembrance of the Jim Crow practices of legalized American apartheid which followed the end of formal slavery. On that score, Virginia has a lot of baggage. Although Virginia was one of the few governments in the old Confederacy which legally banned lynchings, it was also in the forefront of the fight against school integration. That's the story that needs to be told and explored more in history for the benefit of future generations, not the pathetic and shameful story of the Confederacy.

Posted by: stillaliberal | April 7, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

every race, ethnic group, gender, religion and whatever other category this crazy society wants to show as victims, has had it tough through out history. As a irishman, who could have had it worse than my decendats who were spit at here in america and over in england. No one would hire us and because of this we were forced to live in squalor and to eat rodent, cats and dogs. So Mr. blackman, don't tell me that you are so special and were treated worse than an irishman. You at least had food.

Bob P

Posted by: landrperite | April 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

98% of "WP" are closet racist. The only way 'VA' can wash there hands of slavery would be to offer some form of car vouchers for us "NEGRO"S" here in the DMV.

Posted by: skinsinsider101 | April 7, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell and Cuccinelli are very dangerous men. Very VERY dangerous. Compared to them, Newt Gingrich was kinder and gentler.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | April 7, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

A Republican Governor who had recently shown himself homophobic, is now also showing his racist side. This is news? He is, after all, a southern Republican. It would be news if he was tolerant of anyone besides straight white people. Boycott VA -!/pages/1000000-to-Boycott-the-Hate-State-of-Virginia/388326641801?v=info&ref=mf

Posted by: aragon86 | April 7, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I remember walking through a museum that honored the sacrifices of an army that held out against opposition as long as they could before surrendering, that was depicted as being the epitome of honorable warriors, willing to give life and limb for their country.
The museum was in Nagasaki, Japan, where the inconvenient historical truths of what the Japan had been fighting for, and how they had fought, were conveniently whitewashed. The pain of the civilians after the atomic bomb attack were, rightfully, on display, but there was, as of 1993, nothing about the suffering caused by the Japanese army.
To ignore institutional atrocities of slavery is to whitewash history like Japan has whitewashed its own guilt. Honoring history is to acknowledge the good and the bad, to have the courage to admit our country, our leaders, our kin, were not always in the right. When those who can't muster the integrity to do this with events 150 years in the past beat the drum about "freedom" and "rights" in the 21st century it's clear they are just grandstanding hypocrites. Celebrate the sacrifices of all Virginians, not a whitewashed history that establishes a veneer of honor and pride at the expense of reflection and honesty.

Posted by: minorthread | April 7, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"routinely murdering blacks"? Really? I think you've confused "Uncle Toms Cabin" with a work of non-fiction. In point of fact, black on black violence claims more lives than the South ever did. So we have progressed to an age of enlightenment where the only ones "routinely murdering blacks" are other blacks.

Posted by: ronjaboy | April 7, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

What The Govenor is doing, is as much about what happened to slaves as anything else. If he were to specifically mention slavery, it would cheapen the gesture. To acknowledge that the civil war was fought here, and that there were many virginians, of all colors, lost and harmed by it is the message. It ended (or actually helped end) slavery, an abomination against all mankind. But to criticise our govenor for celebrating the heritage of our commonwealth is also an abomination. Not mentioning slavery does not mean that he is denying it existed, nor denying that it was and is an abomination against man and god alike.

Posted by: wlbyrd | April 7, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse


Had this been named "Civil War History" month no one would have the slightest problem. So many Americans are civil war addicts, it would be impossible to imagine fewer than ten million persons making the trek to Virginia, with stopovers at places like Harper's Ferry and Gettysburg. UVA would have a ball organizing meetings of scholars open to the public and closed (such things encourage web viewing of lectures). The difficulty lies in the name, Confederate History Month.

The Confederacy began and ended with the civil war; to speak of a four year period as a huge part of one's heritage is odd, unless, as is true with Cambodia or the Holocaust, the event is less than a century old. Most with a bit of knowledge of German history think the Nazi period a horrific aberration, a less than two decade anomaly out of a centuries long history of a country that produced peerless philosophers, scientists, and artists. The Holocaust matters to Jews, the Roma, most Poles, and the handicapped not as a matter of heritage, but as a warning of the dangers that lurk.


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Posted by: Martial | April 7, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

So landrperite, you are saying that not having enough food to eat is the same as being enslaved? To being whipped, beaten, or lynched, to working all day and never getting paid, to having your wives and daughters raped whenever the master felt like it, to having your children sold away from you like they were puppies.

I agree every ethnic group has experienced hard times but please let's not do a comparison. The real issue is whether this period of Virginia history should be celebrated. McDonnell was wrong for issuing this proclamation and stirring up even more trouble for the people of Virginia.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | April 7, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I had no idea that there were still so many ignorant people in the world. Blacks angry at whites, whites angry at Latinos, Latinos angry at Asians. Hatred. Ignorance. Grow up. Talk about important issues like health care, poverty, and ignorance because you obviously are illiterate.

Posted by: rayeraye1 | April 7, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Is this such a big deal? It is like Germans celebrating the efforts of their countrymen fighting for their cause during WWII, in the towns and cities of Poland and Russia. Or the Japanese recognizing the efforts of their soldiers in Nanking, Shanghai and elsewhere. Is there anything evil in that?

Posted by: Renu1 | April 7, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Renu1, this is more like Germans celebrating the efforts of the Nazis in WWII.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | April 7, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

As a white man let me help explain the difference between Black History Month and Confederate History Month.

As much as the revisionist want to tweek history to meet their preconcieved notions, the Civil War was ultimately about slavery. South Carolina seceeded from the Union and other southern states followed because they feared Lincoln, a Republican whose party was opposed to the spread of slavery, would ultimately end slavery in the South. The talk about "states rights" was for their right to keep slaves (both African and of mixed race - the offspring of the "relationships" between white slave owners and their slaves). The Confederate States feared that the federal government was going to end slavery. Even the debates leading up to the Civil War such as the Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850 and the Kansas-Nebraska Act all revolved around the spread of slavery into new territories. To say that the Civil War wasn't about salvery is like saying the Holocaust was not about killing Jews.

Black History month was created because for so long the history of African Americans had been ignored. Also, this month commemorates a history of a struggle for a people to win their inalienable rights that had been denied to them for generations.

A Confederate History Month commemorates a period of our history were people fought for the right to keep others in bondage.

Posted by: smith6 | April 7, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the person who wrote that slaves had it better off than the Irish in the 19th century. I'm of Irish descent myself, and that's totally ridiculous. My ancestors weren't seized from their homes, thrown in chains, and then shipped across an ocean to spend their lives doing hard labor for free and enduring sexual assaults from their owners. They also were allowed to learn to read and write, and nobody threatened them with lynching.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | April 7, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Some commenters (probably teabaggers) are stating the Blackman was/is better off being enslaved? This is the unfortunate duality of the internet; thought provoking dialogue and overt stupidity both have EQUAL access. The Black race has had a difficult time on these shores since the Middle Passage. From chains, to the 3/5ths doctrine, to ACS(shipping us to Liberia), to Jim Crow(seperate but equal-LOL) we've been catching hell over here. Clowns like tiberius and ravitchn who long for "Gone With the Wind", is it ok for me to then long for Nat Turner(s) to rid the world of the likes of you? How about I get 50 kids with the mindset of the Carter brothers(shot 9, killed 4 last week), give them a Nat Turner thought process and unleash them on Arlington and Great Falls? Still feeling nostalgic...?

Posted by: isupreme | April 7, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

When I hear the word "Heritage" I think of something to be proud of. Is a history slavery and bigotry something Va. should be proud of? Heritage if a pretty word, but is frequently not something to be celebrated. I live in Va. but will consider April to be Union victory month.

Posted by: jkeroak | April 7, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for pointing out that you have a personal bias that you think is stronger than anyone else's personal bias.

Posted by: jim4postnatl | April 7, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

In 1860, 500,000 of the 1.1 million people in virginia were slaves. Many of the remaining 600,000 whites also opposed secession - west virginia seceded from virginia in order to stay in the union!

This "confederate" proclamation thus ignores well over half of virginians at the time. McDonnell's proclamation begins "April is the month in which the people of Virginia joined the Confederate States of America " - uh, not really, see above. Did any of his staff even proofread this thing? or is it just a regurgitation of the previous "proclamations?"

Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | April 7, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Yeeha, this is a continuation of the Virginia Declaration.


We declare:

1. Beginning April 1st The KKK will be legalized for 30 days during which times they will be allowed to hang, castrate and murder any black with the temerity to want to be free.
2. All of April will be an open house for white supremacist, skin heads and people of that ilk.
3. All white citizens of this glorious state will be required to goose step whenever in public.
4. April 15th thru the 17th has been designated as family days. Don’t forget to BRING YOUR KIDS. Here is the agenda.
a. On the 15th we will castrate an uppity black public official
b. On the 16th we will mutilate, Tar and Feather that black ba.stard
c. On the 17th the KKK will publicly hang that n…ger while burning the cross.

Don’t forget, BRING YOUR KIDS, show them how fellow human beings (to all but Virginians) should be treated. And don’t forget your swastikas and Confederate flags.

Don’t forget to vote Republican the next election so that we can keep those libraals in their place.

Yeeha, y'all come out all of April and don't forget to BRING THE KIDS!!!!

Posted by: jimarush | April 7, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

So Governor you should have been at the city hall in Alexandria in 1959 when this life long Virginian was told in his home town he could not marry the women of his choice because she was of "another" race. That race was Native American. Well Governor we got married in Virginia by using a perversion of the law. There were two blocks to check on that form. Black and White. the clerk in my home town had to check black by law!! The clerk in the next jurisdiction let me check the white box so my bride got married there instead of my home city. Even so we were illegally married in Virginia until the law was finally changed some years later, I am a Native Virginia and could be proud of it if the people who caused you to do so did not insist there would be no harm in your ruling. Well there is. Your ignorance of facts like these is no excuse. We have been married for over fifty years unless you want to discount the nine you considered us illegal. Please try to think like an adult Governor!!!!

Posted by: pathenry | April 7, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

As I understand it, this Proclamation is also intended to attract tourism to the state, much like the several Civil War reenactments do.

Posted by: almelbe | April 7, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

He can pander to those who want to ignore history. We know the facts and they cannot and will not be glossed over no matter what people say. I will do with VA the same thing I did to SC - my dollars will go to state who at least respect ALL people and their history.

VA Beach $1,500 reservation was cancelled this morning.

Posted by: rlj1 | April 7, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

For all those right minded folks who strongly object to the governor of Virginia honoring the Confederacy I suggest you simply plan your summer vacations elsewhere this year. Just don't go to Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, etc. this year. Show your disgust with your pocketbook. Words are simply words, and Gov. Redneck doesn't care what we post here, but if you don't visit his state this year...well that will make an impression.
So this year BOYCOTT VIRGINIA. That is precisely what my family intends to do! Join us!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey Colbert, you and your ilk need to re-familiarize yourself with the following quote from your hero Honest Abe:

"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause."

Posted by: OlafGunderson | April 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

New York has a history of slavery, too. As does Maryland. Please don't forget that.

Posted by: HancockJM | April 7, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse






Posted by: jimarush | April 7, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I was a high school student in Texas and intent on attending the University of Virginia. This was 1966, and I was drawn by the writings of Thomas Jefferson that I was aware of. (Later I read more and found out about the complexity and apparent utter hypocrisy of this man.) When I got there, I was shocked at what I found.

Say what you will about Texas, I was just not prepared for the variety of racism that I found at U.Va. It was hateful and vicious, and though I was accustomed to racism and didn't like it, I was NOT accustomed to THIS!

I got out of there after one year and have never had a regret.

Nowadays, we all know what these "Confederate Heritage Days" really mean. There are plenty of followers of Hitler who hate that they lost the war. Hitler and his racist agenda have found advocates in the likes of Saddam Hussein and others.

I am a son of the South who wants nothing to do with that stuff. It was time a long time ago to move on and embrace a new ideal, which was actually an old ideal -- what Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence and what most of us have now concluded is the true "exceptionalism" of our nation. Everyone is created equal.

There was no place for this Confederate nonsense in the 20th Century, even less so in the 21st.

I guess we can see where all this would be leading if it were allowed. I really don't need to spell it out.

And, let me make it clear. States do not have rights. They only have responsibilities and duties.

People have rights.

Posted by: dorofacol | April 7, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Olafgunderson....Abraham Lincoln was a product of his age. But the greatness of Lincoln was that he became a reformed racist. And it is clearly documented that he saw the Emancipation Proclamation as his greatest legacy. Lincoln commented on this often. What you Confederate apologists can never explain away is that the Confederate government and the entire Southern economy depended on the enslavement of 4 million human beings. This unfortunte fact you cannot explain away.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 7, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Breaking NEWS: I just got an email about (toyotarunaway org) and it is also about SLAVES. This is good that we can discuss such an evil thing civil.

Posted by: Moley2 | April 7, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The ability to sell your crops overseas, no matter how they were tended, and not have some New York commodities broker or the US govenrment take all your profit was another huge issue. Remember that the reason slavery was not banned in the Declaration of Independence or The Constitution was that the representative from South Carolina reminded the New Yorkers how much their constituents would lose without slavery, or with a precipitous ending to it. Lincoln said he was fighting the war to preserve the Union, not to end slavery. I take him at his word for it.

As Judas was on Christ's side, so were the Confederates strengthening the Union.

BTW, if the descendants of slaves in America had fared a little better in the last 150 years, you might have reason to crow about winning the war between the states. But, hey, from what I hear, and from I read in columns like Eugene Robinson's last, they have not fared very well at all. In fact, even in this day, he makes it out to be a horrible existence. So tout all you want, but the burden of freeing the slaves was to make their descendants better off and the Union has failed them miserably.

Posted by: jim4postnatl | April 7, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

logcabin 1836, no one is defending slavery here. And we are not going to go there. It merely should not offend you and your ilk for the Gov of VA to honor its sons and daughters who fought for many reasons. Is it fair to say that the gallant boys of mason were not on a religious crusade to liberate the enslaved? Give me and everyone else a break already. What's next, your claim of reparations?

Posted by: OlafGunderson | April 7, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

And if you think this won't work remember what happened to the state of Arizona (John McCain Country) that refused to honor the Martin Luther King Holiday. There was an economic boycott, organizations refused to hold their conventions there and thousands refused to vacation there. The Result? Arizona now celebrates MLK Day. BOYCOTT RACISM/BOYCOTT VIRGINA....!!!!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 7, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I always though a company called Sherman’s Landscaping would do well in Virginia and the rest of the southern states. No prisoners this time.

Posted by: BarryOR | April 7, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh I wish I was in Dixie, hoorah, hoorah!

Posted by: state82 | April 7, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Summer vacation is around the corner: Hershey Park instead of King's Dominion. Delaware beaches instead of Virginia Beach. Won't renew my yearly pass to Skyline Drive, I'll visit Monongahela in WV. Yorktown? Nope, Valley Forge. Civil War battlefield tours? Forget Virginia's - there are Gettysburg and Antietam to visit. Wineries? Maryland has them. By reaffirming a revisionist mythology of the Confederacy and the Civil War, McDonnell has made Virginia for Losers.

Posted by: hitpoints | April 7, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

BOYCOTT VIRGINIA..And if you think this won't work, remember Arizona resisting celebrating MKL Day...until that state was boycotted by organizations that cancelled their conventions in that state and thousands of folks who refused (including myself) to vacation there. The result? Arizona now celebrates MLK Day. Imagine that.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 7, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

If the Governor were to issue a proclamation honoring Virginia's war dead on both sides of the conflict, you could make a better argument that he's "just honoring our history." Remember, there were Virginians who fought and died for their true country: The United States of America. But, well we don't want to honor dead soldiers here, we want to throw a bone to a very racist section of the electorate who wouldn't give a damn if slavery were still legal.

That's why the governor singles out the "proud young Confederate soldiers." In picking a side, he knows what he's honoring. To try to lie about the CENTRAL influence that slavery had on the war, is a joke to anyone who actually wants to know about the truth. He's just doing to minimize the losses of independents turned off by this thinly veiled showing of his true colors.

If only these independent swing voters would wake up, and not pay attention to the revisionist history being defended as I type on Fox "News," right wing talk radio, and the commonwealth's state house, we'd be a much better place.

There is a difference between the parties. Look at what this leading wing of the Republican Party really want to do, it's a lot more pernicious than giving everyone access to health insurance.

If you voted for this guy, it's partly your fault. So, please, pay attention and don't make that mistake again.

Posted by: Cobalt1 | April 7, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

logcabin1836, what are you so mad about? Should confederate cemetaries be destroyed? Should the south be burned again and again? Even if we did that, you would still require mention I guess of ,,, whatever. You are the bigot sir. You are the racist. Can't see anything else. Go ahead, live in your own hate filled world. Send in your request for reparations and sit back and criticize.

Posted by: OlafGunderson | April 7, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

jim4postnatl....states "and the Union failed them miserably"....I suggest you ask the residents at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue what they think?

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 7, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, the American process. In this nation we have freedom of speech. We can even speak out against the government. As long as we maintain safeguards for elections and at the polling place, we freely elect our leaders with little fear of ballot tampering.
But this process did not come easily. In the present context or a past context, our freedoms must be appreciated. Certainly Confederate men fought gallantly to protect their women, property and Confederate States of America, but mostly their way of life. The agrarian economics of the time were predicated on slavery just as the industrial economics of the Union of South Africa were predicated on Apartheid.
I am confident that Gov MacDonald and his cohort George Allen have deep appreciation of the antebellum way of life and the concept of state’s rights which is what the Civil War was all about. But clearly the motives of the Virginia Republican leadership are to stoke, corral and channel the energy of the disaffected blue collar voter. They are confident that this will win for them at the ballot box.
Had it not been for his “macaca” moment, George Allen may have won the presidency in 2008.
So all you folks who lean Democrat, know that sometimes you have to vote for the folks who aren’t so photogenic or charismatic. The nation experienced it in 2000 and 2008. Virginia experienced it in 2009.

Posted by: lilrav111 | April 7, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Wrote one, "New York has a history of slavery, too. As does Maryland. Please don't forget that."

Are those states commemorating an armed insurgency that attempted to preserve slavery?

Posted by: hitpoints | April 7, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Oalgunderson....I'm not made sir, just disappointed in those who try and revise history to suit their political agenda.
The South, and its economy was based on the enslavement of millions of human beings. Ask the hundreds of thousands of black Virginians what they think of commemorating the Confederacy? Should we commememorate the Trail of Tears, Segregation, or the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII? Those were also historical events, and like the Confederacy...they were the dark side of our history.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 7, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Guv McDonnell, please use the picture on the this link the month of April. Please make sure that all of Virginia's white children see this picture. I am sure that the will enjoy it.

Posted by: jimarush | April 7, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Only dingbats, wingnuts, deranged members of the League of the South, and apparently the governor of Virginia still pretend slavery was not the cause of the Civil War. Read the articles of secession by the southern states, and elimination of slavery is the first cause given. This is part and parcel of tea baggers, militia and the hard core of Fox News degenerates. Too bad for Virginia, now embarrassed beyond belief, and soon to be the non-recipient of tourists who will be scared to death of such hypocrisy.

Posted by: tytyman | April 7, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

The debate over whether or not Lincoln wanted to end slavery is irrelevant. The main issue is that the South seceded to perpetuate slavery, to keep the Southern black population in bondage. There is no nobility to being a slave; you see your women raped, your men beaten, your children raised in the most abject poverty with no chance for a decent education, a whole host of terrible humiliating ills. Thus, to glorify Virginia's key role in the Civil War (e.g., capitol of the Confederacy, main battleground for the decisive battles, so many Virginians in top positions in the Army of Northern Virginia, even just the name of the Army ie evocative) is to glorify the enslavement of black americans. I think the Governor should have just stayed away from it entirely. There was no way he could have couched it differently and not offended the black citizenry of his state (ah, yes, Governor, you have black citizens, too!) When i was growing up in DC and suburban Maryland in the sixties and seventies, if I went hiking in the Shenandoah National Park, the last Union flag you would see was the one flying over the post office in Front Royal. After that, only Stars and Bars. On those same trips, locals would point at me and, playfully for the most part, call me a 'Yankee', because of my 'northern' accent (Maryland, in the north? who were they kidding). Later, I was heartened by the election of Doug Wilder as Governor and his great popularity with both whites and blacks; I imagined Jeff Davis turning in his grave (but probably not Robert E. Lee). It seemed that Virginia was finally moving into the modern era. Then came George Allen, with his comic attempt to distance himself from the contagion of his mother's very Jewish background and blood-line. It looks like Virginia has regressed a bit, I hope only temporarily.

Posted by: lafayette89 | April 7, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Colbert King

In reference to your article a week ago about you seeing "racism in the faces of the tea party movement."

I was extremely disappointed in your piece that day.

Is it possible to have policy differences without race entering into the discussion ???

It appears that everytime Obama believes he is in political trouble, he is going to try to spark a racial controversy in order to rally his base.

If this is true, the democrats are NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO HANDLE A BLACK PRESIDENT.

Everyone is talking restraint, but the democrats feel fit to start calling people racist.

That is not restraint. In fact, it ends the discussion right there.

This is not a post-racial world - INSTEAD IT IS A HIGHTLY RACIAL WORLD.


I am disappointed that you decided to sign onto these democratic talking points by writing the article you did.

Your actions did not contribute to any improving of race relations, instead you contributed toward making race relations worse.

Then today, you are complaining about the Governor of Virginia - only a week after you failed to exercise any restraint yourself.




Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Look, I'm black, I live in the heart of the confederacy here in Virginia and my "black history" in this country is irrevocably tied to the "confederate history". I was raised about 15 minutes away from one of our most important presidents and slave owners (Thomas Jefferson). Matter of fact my family is probably descended from Thomas Jefferson's slaves. Good, bad or whatever. Blacks, willingly or unwillingly fought in the Civil War for both Union and Confederate armies. Some might like to forget that slavery happened or they might just be embarassed, I don't know. But why make such a big deal about it. Plus if you don't like MCDonnell you should have come out and voted in November.

Posted by: homerandmarge | April 7, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Happy Treason in Support of Slavery Month!

I always how the traitors claim the union started it. South Carolina seceded before Lincoln was even inaugurated. Stephen Douglas killed himself stomping all over the South trying to stop the secession before the inauguration.

You lost. get over it. (and I speak as someone who had ancestors fighting on both sides).

Posted by: Elkay1 | April 7, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

What about the Virginians, not just West Virginians, who fought for the Union, white and black alike? If the governor had declared it Civil War Heritage month, that would be one thing, but to declare it as an homage to the wretched cause of Secession and Slavery is wrong and a slap in the face to the Union dead.

Posted by: tcquinn | April 7, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

SScythe66 posted: The fact that the EP came later in the war, only after the Union was winning, helps prove this point.

Actually, when you check history, you'll find that Union victory was not at all assured when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. In fact, there had been a slew of Confederate victories, particularly in the Eastern theaters, up until the Battle of Antietam (which, as far as the actual battle was concerned, was a draw). And there were more to come even after the Proclamation was issued. It should also be noted that the governments of Britian and France (at least in US government opinion at the time) were going to recognize the Confederacy and intervene on their behalf. Lastly, Lincoln wanted to issue the EP earlier, but his Secretary of State William Seward convinced him to wait for a Union battlefield victory so it didn't sound like "the last hurrah."

Posted by: archanubis | April 7, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

OalGunderson...the reccent movement in Southern states like Virginia, South Carolina, and Texas talking about secession and honoring the Confederacy all harkins back to another time in history, the 1950's when Southern states fought against desegregation and social justice.
In the early 1950's many southern state capital buildings began to fly the Confederate Battle Flag to show their resistence to ending Jim Crow laws. The recent Virginia Confederate Month issue is just another one of these movements. If you're a student of history as I think you are, we both now deep in our hearts what this is new V stunt is all about...and he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 7, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

And of course coming from a Republican, from what used to be known as the "party of Lincoln", is quite ironic.

Posted by: tcquinn | April 7, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I bet if Sherman had made his way to VA, they wouldn’t be celebrating because it would have been nothing to celebrate. That’s right VA would have been BURNED.

Posted by: access11 | April 7, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell's proclamation was nothing more than bone thrown to teabaggers, a.k.a., the base of the GOP.

Posted by: pgbach | April 7, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I find it perhaps telling that this proclamation was issued on April 6 - almost a week into the month -

It could have been issued earlier.

Why is that ???

Is it because the democratic party - in the last few weeks, have found it appropriate to start to falsely call the Tea Party Movement racists ????

Is this the response ???

Perhaps this decision was made AFTER the democratic attacks began.

Well, we will have to see.

However, the FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS have been off-the-scale and extremely ridiculous.

If you participated in one side of the lack of restraint, you really have no basis to complain that the other side is not exercising restraint.



Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse write that the Virginia Governor simply wants to honor the "sons and daughters" who fought in the Civil War.
But there were an estimated 15,000 men from Virginia who fought for the Union. This Republican Governor is not commemorating these "Va. sons & daughters" who fought and died ...for the Union, just the Reb ones. Why not have Virginia Civil War Month and honor both sides, including the 15,000 of that state's citizens who fought and died on the side of freedom and federal Union. But we both know, that's not what its's all about 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 7, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for the gov. of Virginia for sticking up for the truth.

Posted by: ravitchn | April 7, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Which truth?

Posted by: jckdoors | April 7, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Certainly The Civil War is part of our history, and therefor it is something we should talk about.

However when I see The Govenor wants to commemorate Confederate History month by celebrating the "sacrifices of Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the Civil War.", I'm left agahst.

1. The Govenor exclude slaves people who were not Confederate leaders, soldiers, or citizens. Does The Governor think that the slaves did not suffer sacrifice, or does he simply think the sacrifice of slaves is not worthy of celebration?
2. Celebrating sacrifice is meaningless unless you talk about the reason for the sacrifice.
The citzens - sure. They suffered to feed their families.
The slaves - they suffered for their familiies as well, but for some reason The Govenor doesn't celebrate their sacrifice.

The leaders and the soldiers on the other hand? They were sacrificing all for the purpose retaining the right to own slaves.

Is that really worth celebrating?

Posted by: mattrose | April 7, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

ravitch writes..."horray for the gov. of Virginia for sticking up for the truth"...

Pontius Pilate once asked Jesus.."What is Truth"

He didn't know, and sadly ravitch doesn't either.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 7, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

every race, ethnic group, gender, religion and whatever other category this crazy society wants to show as victims, has had it tough through out history. As a irishman, who could have had it worse than my decendats who were spit at here in america and over in england. No one would hire us and because of this we were forced to live in squalor and to eat rodent, cats and dogs. So Mr. blackman, don't tell me that you are so special and were treated worse than an irishman. You at least had food.

Bob P

What you choose to over look Mr. Irishman is the progressive assimilation, and eventual acceptance, that took place from your forebearers. Over time accents were lost, names were shortened changed or the "Mc" or "O" were dropped, but through your white skin you were accepted and looked upon as a member despite the once despised characterization. Just recently St. Patricks Day was celebrated or acknowledged by most all Americans, Irish or otherwise! On the other hand, the Blackman can't and won't be allowed to escape the characterization placed upon him despite his education, income, "Character", accent, given name (from his forebearers master) or chosen name. Assimilation for the "Blackman", he for the most part is tolerated not accepted as a member, means little because he can never escape his "Black" skin, and all it entails.

Mr. Irishman don't try to compare the adversity early Irishmen suffered through to that of the enslaved African and the African Amer. (Negro, Colored, Black or whatever you choose to call him) who navigated through discrimination, segregation, separate and unequal, racism and downright hate he and his decendants survived through then and now, there's no comparison!

Posted by: eholmes27 | April 7, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Is McDonnell going to try to re-claim West Virginia as well ???

Send in the militia !!!


Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

America's wealth is based on the free labor provided by slavery and the oppression which followed. Free and almost free labor provided by enslaved and deprived Africans and African Americans over centuries is the foundation of ALL American wealth. Depraved minds such as the Governor mentioned in Mr King's article cannot change historical facts. Hitler's murderous rampage (he was elected to lead Germany)did not enrich Germany.

McDonnell is like so many other racists in America. They are uneducated idiots who think that their primitive opinions are facts. It is shameful that as we try to rescue men from death traps in West Virginia oka coal mines that a fool such as this has to open his a## and remove all doubt. He's probably campaigning to keynote the next meeting of the Peapartyers.

Posted by: Draesop | April 7, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The conservative right (Republicans) often hold up copies of the Constitution and talk about the genius of our Founding Fathers. But in truth, both the Constitution and our Founding Fathers had serious flaws, flaws that took a patricidal civil war and 600,000 dead to correct. The Constitution codified African Americans as 2/3 human beings, that disenfranchised blacks, women, Jews, Catholics, non-property owning white folks, etc,etc.

And the Founding Fathers from Southern States made sure that Freedom & Liberty didn't apply to their slaves, or their wives for that matter. Like I said...flawed. The Confederacy was the last great attempt by the descendants of these southern Founding Fathers to keep the status quo.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal"...not if the Southern States & the Confederacy would have their say in the matter.

Thank God, He stepped in the settled the issue in 1865, ....or should I say the evening of November 5, 2008.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 7, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Does Black History Month remember the Union Soldiers who died in the Civil War ???

Why isn't there outrage that our values are not imposed on Black History Month??



Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

people are rising up
against corrupt governments
all over the world.
You ask, how can a small percentage
of political elites control so
many people?
they cannot.

Posted by: simonsays1 | April 7, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse


Your economics are wrong

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

logcabin1836, as stated earlier, You are the bigot sir. You are the racist. You can't see anything else. Go ahead, live in your own hate filled world. Send in your request for reparations and sit back and criticize.

Sad. Very sad.

Posted by: OlafGunderson | April 7, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: classicskins | April 7, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

New York has a history of slavery, too. As does Maryland. Please don't forget that.

Posted by: HancockJM | April 7, 2010 2:30 PM


That is right. At one time all the colonies practiced slavery. However, as the Northern States evolved and realized the evil in their ways, the South went to war to preserve it! Pigs.

Posted by: johng1 | April 7, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Y'know, McDonnell's proclamation looks remarkably similar to this one:

Nazi History Month

WHEREAS, September is the month in which the people of Germany joined the Axis Powers in a six year global war that concluded in Berlin and Tokyo; and

WHEREAS, Germany has long recognized its Nazi history, the numerous World War II 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 Fatherland in a time very different than ours today; and

WHEREAS, it is important for all Germans to reflect upon our Fatherland’s shared history, to understand the sacrifices of the Nazi leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of World War II, and to recognize how our history has led to our present; and

WHEREAS, Nazi historical sites such as the Reichstag are open for people to visit in Berlin today; and

WHEREAS, all Germans can appreciate the fact that when ultimately overwhelmed by the insurmountable numbers and resources of the Allied Powers, the surviving, imprisoned and injured Nazi soldiers gave their word and allegiance to either the Federal Republic of Germany or the German Democratic Republic, and returned to their homes and families to rebuild their communities in peace, following the unconditional surrender of Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, Reich President; and

WHEREAS, this defining chapter in Germany’s history should not be forgotten, but instead should be studied, understood and remembered by all Germans, 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 Fatherland prepares to welcome all of Europe and the world to visit Germany for the Diamond Anniversary of the beginning of World War II, a period in which the exploration of our history can benefit all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Horst Köhler, do hereby recognize September 2010 as NAZI HISTORY MONTH in our FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

Posted by: Bondosan | April 7, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

How odd that Gov. McDonnell would seek to emphasize and single out the 4 years of the Civil War (1861-1865)

Virginia was settled in 1607
That's 403 years ago.

The United States of America will have declared its' independence 234 years ago this July 4, 2010.

Gov. McDonnell is being deliberately provocative, in your face, why choose a painful 4 yr time period when Virginia has so much more to celebrate, over a much longer length of time?

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | April 7, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The propensity of those who view the Confederacy as the Holy Grail, forget how reprehensible it was in those days of slavery. It is even more so for those who wish for the 'good ol' days.' When a Confederate flag is flown as co- equal with the American flag, think two things: racism and stupidity.

Posted by: Diogenes | April 7, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I live in Richmond. Sigh.

Usually, I love living here and the quality of life is pretty high. However, it doesn't take much for the old guard to rear its ugly head and Gov. McDonnell's proclamation has given them a shot in the arm.

Last Saturday, I was shocked to see a pickup tearing through my neighborhood with a HUGE Confederate flag affixed to a pole that rose from the truck's bed. One man drove and another (white) man rode in the bed of the truck. My jaw dropped to see such a Klan-like display. They drove through my multi-cultural neighborhood for the sole reason of displaying their flag.

And then I read about Gov. McDonnell's proclamation.

Oh. I get it now. So sad. I am so embarrassed to be a Virginian right now.

Posted by: truly1 | April 7, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

All of the white people here should be concerned. You have been free to pursue your happiness for hundreds of years, while blacks have only had freedom truly for maybe 50 years. Look at where we both are. We have risen from slavery to our pursuit of happiness and you have basically been running in place for the last 100 years. Asians, Blacks, women, Jews have all come here and over taken a large majority of whites that are running in place. You will soon be second class citizens in a country where you had enormous advantages. Now who would benefit more from the affirmative actioins of plantation life again?

Posted by: molds7 | April 7, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

VA has become the laughing stock of the entire nation. Not only do they have a Crazy AG, but now they have a Governor who is a slavery sympathizer.

Posted by: lumi21us | April 7, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it about time for NoVA to secede from McDonnell and Richmond?

Posted by: hairguy01 | April 7, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Okay, let's take race out of it.
where else in the world, is the attempted overthrow of a government and losing celebrated, that is what the confederacy was so stop playing the race card yourselves.
Sometimes i think you conservative tea baggers use the race card so that you can justify being little whiney lazy bigots and blame all of your shortcomings on race.
In this great country of ours, If anybody sits back and whines about not being able to do something with their life because some other race, gender, religion and that person isn't standing over you with an AK-47 to you or your family's head then you are a lazy ignorant fool. You live in America, where you get to be either a whiny baby or a successful person, your choice. Go visit some of these other countries and see what happens if you aren't part of the ruling party or the right religion, or just want to kiss your wife in a restaraunt. Remember you live in the greatest country in the world so it is your fault if you don't appreciate it. A Proud Amercian that is tried of whiny over entitled republican cry babies. If you supported Bush spending Trillions of dollars to get even for his father and then blame the deficit on the current administration and you did not serve your country, shut up. You have not earned the right to complain.

Posted by: k_laz | April 7, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The Governor could fix this immediately if he wanted to. He could change the proclamation to "Civil War History Month" and I would support him. But if he stays with "Confederate History Month," he has chosen only one side of the dispute, and the wrong side at that.

Posted by: dricks | April 7, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

BILL CLINTON did the same thing when he was Governor of Arkansas. And EVERYBODY KNOWS IT. Including Mr. SELECTIVE OUTRAGE King, The Stars on the Arkansas Flag are there to commemorate the Confederacy. And former SENATOR ERNEST HOLLINGS, also a DEMOCRAT, was Governor when his State put the CONFEDERATE FLAG atop their State House. And NOBODY said SQUAT.
Typical PUNK stuff, from a PUNK. A
And I thought that Eugene was the only Affirmative Action Hire.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | April 7, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I suggest that the next step here is to delegitimize the s0-called civil rights movement, of benefit only to Obama-like blacks, not to the black underclass.

Posted by: ravitchn | April 7, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Liberals are as guilty as any of exploiting the race issue. They Race Bait, they throw down the Race Card when desperately defending their non-defensive Liberalism or their Radical in the White House and they will always define groups by race to separate and divide. Liberals are insidious in their use of race. They intentionally fuel the race issue. In fact Liberal Politicians are the Racists in how they do all the above and enslave dependents with Govt Entitlements to buy votes. To say the South is still fighting the Civil War is a distraction and again a way for Liberals to marginalize a voting block that does not bow to their Socialist views. Again, Liberals are the Racists.

Posted by: jas7751 | April 7, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

This proclamation deserves only the highest opprobrium and drastic rebuke. In addition to boycotts, it would probably send us a real message if carpetbaggers and their spawn started moving back to the more enlightened environs of whatever Yankee refrigerator from which they came.

Posted by: ronjaboy | April 7, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Why not organize a March to the state house in Richmond to make it clear that glorifying the Confederacy is wrong? Perhaps re-enactments of the slave markets where families were split up or the whipping of a slave who dared to escape will bring things in to focus for redneck central in VA.

Posted by: wbruzzowashpost | April 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

You have been free to pursue your happiness for hundreds of years, while blacks have only had freedom truly for maybe 50 years. Look at where we both are.

-Yes, please check the city jails if you truly want to know where blacks are, and where so many will end up in the future.

We have risen from slavery to our pursuit of happiness and you have basically been running in place for the last 100 years.

-Do you consider living off of entitlements "happiness", having babies without knowing who the daddy is? Perhaps you should look at the fine mess blacks have done to cities like Detroit, LA, Philly, DC, Chicago, New Orleans and New York, and then ask yourself if blacks have really "risen" or are they still slaves, slaves to the DNC.

Asians, Blacks, women, Jews have all come here and over taken a large majority of whites that are running in place.

-Then if that's true (LMAO), then how about paying for your own healthcare and also paying your share of federal taxes, eh?

You will soon be second class citizens in a country where you had enormous advantages. Now who would benefit more from the affirmative actioins of plantation life again?

-Please, blacks will continue to live off of others, because it's so much easier than working. How's that government cheese tasting ni gg ah?

Posted by: molds7 | April 7, 2010 4:07 PM | Report

Posted by: cschotta1 | April 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Give yourselves a break. Every action by anyone is taken by someone as racist. The African American population should be proud that their forefathers and mothers endured such hardship to make this country what it is today. They earned your freedom. Look at the illegal immigrants that are coming here that have earned nothing. Your ancestors were forced to come here. They are not. You have something they want.
As far as history, no one can change that. Any perpetrator should be prosecuted! Slavery was nothing new when your foreparents were brought here. Read the Bible. It tells a lot of history about slavery. Women were bought and paid for to be wives. Is that not slavery? They were stoned to death for being un-faithful. Is that much different than what the black slaves went through here?
Yes there were ugly things done during that period. But, things were worse before white man came to this country, in Europe I am referering.
So, get off your pitty-potty and accept life that you have and make the best of it.

Posted by: framyx | April 7, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: WhitneyDavid | April 7, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I urge everyone to write to the governor, a heinous human being. See this blog post on how to do it quickly and easy. Virginia isn't for Lovers now, It's For Racists. On that note, spend your money elsewhere this vacation season until this insulting proclamation is torn up and burned along with the Confederate flag.

Posted by: rdl114 | April 7, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Virginians of African decent whose ancestors were raped and murdered by confederates are just thrilled with the excuse for a governor they have.

Posted by: orange3 | April 7, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

He wasn't like that in high school, Colbert. I went to school with him and played football with him. He's really gone off the deep end in cozying up to the conservatives. I hardly recognize the Bobby McDonnell I knew in high school--and I certainly repudiate his politics and the politics of his alter ego, Ken Cuccinelli.

Posted by: cmckeonjr | April 7, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Great point that Bill Clinton signed proclamations just like this one.


Sounds like that was one of the causes of the war to begin with.




Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I am compelled to say that as a Virginian for the past 20 years I am saddened and appalled by Gov McDonnell's proclimation of "Confederate History month." The choice of words to describe this event seem purposefully divisive and pro-Aryan without a denunciation of slavery and level of the ugliness this war exposed. This announcement has political implications as a spiteful and pointed statement against President Obama and a total disregard of racial equality. On top of this, the VA AG recently distributed a notice to state agencies demanding that gay discrimination cannot be discouraged. Shame on you Mr. McDonnell. Shame on you Mr. Cuccenilli. The type of leadership and behavior we are seeing during the early days of the current VA administration in Richmond does not represent the inclusive America most of us desire.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | April 7, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Virginia and the South have shameful history. Confederacy is synonymous with slavery just like Nazi Germany is synonymous with death camps. There is nothing to be proud of, nothing to celebrate in either case. What the Governor did is disrespectful to the memory of those who lived and died in those terrible times. It's a slap in the face to their descendants. It's a slap in the face to all decent, freedom-loving people.

Posted by: Contact4 | April 7, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like pandering to the "base" now is there. What would you expect from an out of the closet extremist. Folks have the right idea - vacation elsewhere - cancel meetings and conferences. Make the bigots pay!

Posted by: clemonssacks | April 7, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

No, Colbert, and McDonnel makes no mention of YOU either. You and Leonard Pitts spend your entire lives writing about slavery. Pitts gets no mention from the Gov. either. You want what, King? Some "McDonnell money"? Like that "Obama money". That's what you want, isn't it Colbert? Money. Cause your great grandpappy was a slave. McDonnell isn't writing a history book, King. He just issued a simple proclamation. Get over it. Oh, that's write, you can't. Not until you get paid.

Posted by: chatard | April 7, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

The South Rises Again! (in Spring?) Soon all school books will rename the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression. No mention of slavery, no mention of the cost to humanity, or the Southern treason. Just that April is time to celebrate the South's Heritage of H8te.

Posted by: whatagain08 | April 7, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. King for your graciousness. I do not think I would be so if I had your family's history. I was yet again shocked, embarrassed and apalled by our Virginia elected officials. First our Attorney General and now our Governor. I see some who voted them in have responded here. I am just bewildered.

Posted by: WhitePostVA | April 7, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Today, I am ashamed to be a Virginian and associated with this newly designated month. Virginia's greatest export in the years leading up to the Civil War was slaves, which they sent to the newly developed south. These slaves were predominantly sent to gulf coast states where the native slave population was insufficient to maintain the agricultural needs of the towns. The export of slaves represented over 75% of the gross product revenue of the state of Virginia. (Source: Carry Me Back, By: Steven Deyle)

For what its worth, the focus on the recognition will only serve to remind moderate voters like myself that the Republican party is ignorant when it comes to complicated issues like this one, and allows something that two governors chose to pass on, to come to fruition.

Posted by: CapsCupCrazy2010 | April 7, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the people who justify these kinds of actions understand how much it makes northerners wish that the war had turned out differently. Today I think to myself it would be great to not have to pay taxes that routinely go to subsidize the south. I think what a great country it would be if only we didn't have these redneck crackerheads running around causing so much grief in congress and on talk shows. The south has really shown itself to be a rather unintelligent, anti-education racist region. Frankly, I'd be willing to redo the war's end and just make them secede immediately. If we did so, what kind of land do you think the north and the south would be ten years later? Is there anyone who believes the south would improve? Is there anyone who thinks the south could handle its own problems? If only we could make them secede.

Posted by: ralph5 | April 7, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

So when are the Klu Klux Klan supporting mighty white Southern Democratic RINO's (Republicans In Name Only) going to depart the party of Lincoln, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan? It's a pity to even to call it the Republican Party when it's become nothing but a bunch of closet Klansmen who need a Confederate slave flag to enjoy good Southern cooking. It doesn't appear to be all that different from German Nazis who need their Nazi Swastika slave flag to enjoy good German beer and pastries. The hate filled Southern black slave plantations and Nazi Jewish concentration camps have a lot in common and the so-called Republican Virginia governor doesn't appear to have a shred of Christianity in his heart of hearts despite having attended "born-again Christian" Regent University. Governor Bob McDonnell and Adolf Hitler seem to have a lot in common, both Christian raised and both in love with slavery and slave flags. This promotion of the traitorous Confederate slave flag dishonors the brave and loyal United States soldiers both dead and wounded whose bravery and valor enable the Union to win the Civil War. Will the governor be soon supporting the bravery of Al Qaeda and Taliban over the current United States soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan? The sons and daughters of veterans of the Union need to decry this shameful denigration of the men and women past and present who have served, in our United States Armed Forces. How about having the governor say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag under oath, since he appears to have questionable loyalties to the Union.

Posted by: paulusarchitect | April 7, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

You guys are wrong! There is no slavery in this country. The black folks were just a volunteer to build this great country just like the Chinese came here to help us to build railroad. The Indian invited us to America and donated the land to the colonist. We didn't kill any local Indian, they just disappear because of low birth rate. Pat yourself in the back to live in a great country with great history. I think our VA governor will agree with me this is a total true.

Posted by: drkly | April 7, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I like one of the comments. The governor's proclamation is akin to declare April "Nazi History" month and making no mention of the death camps and massacres. Evil celebrated is still evil.

Posted by: kfern07 | April 7, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

No one is trying to change history. We can speak of many things without Mr. King isnsiting that somehow the true subject must be slavery.
How about just celebrating the good, bad and ugly path that America has taken to arrive at where we are in the world today?

Posted by: kesac | April 7, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

The Confederate legacy is one of Slavery of Millions as well as systematic Murder, Rape, and Terror to perpetuate the institution of Slavery.

I could understand a Civil War month. But why celebrate the Confederacy which was responsible for the Enslavement of Millions as well as systematic Murder, Rape, and Terror to perpetuate the institution of Slavery? Will the governor be hanging KKK banners and Swastikas next? How do you thing public servants; police, teachers, firemen, medical, etc., of color feel serving under his and Kookanelli's administration? What about focusing on Jobs and Justice instead of a Right Wing cultural agenda?

Posted by: liveride | April 7, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Most white people want to forget while not acknowledging the advantages received and too many black people use it as an excuse for their shortcomings...that's why slavery will always remain the wound that never heals.

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups

Posted by: Jigsaw | April 7, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

SScythe66's comments are on point except for one issue. It is true that emancipation by fiat was not Lincoln's plan, but the radical states' rights leaders of the South in 1860 feared that Lincoln was a radical abolitionist who would destroy their way of life built around slavery. It was the Southern leaders’ fears and anger that caused session, not Lincoln’s position on abolition.

The tension between the slave holding classes and the non-slaveholding classes caused tension as far back as the Constitutional Convention, to be revisited several times, including the Compromise of 1820, the Nullification Crisis, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, The Dred Scott Decision, John Brown’s raid, and several other cultural disputes over slavery. They final straw was the election of a Republican, whose party at that time included progressive social reformers with a platform that included abolition. They where whipped up to secede by those sentiments, and ended up fulfilling the dire life changing prophesy themselves through their war for Southern independence.

Posted by: Roger2 | April 7, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

The south fought the Civil War as a matter of states rights which included the protection of their property (slaves etc). However, the north did not fight to free the slaves. They fought to preserve the union. Lincoln said again and again that he could hold the union together keeping slavery so be it. My great grandfather and two of his brothers died in Virginia then. Every single adult male in my family died wearing Union Blue. Ergo, I owe nothing to anyone who now hollers for "reparations". As far as I am concerned Paul Harvey said it best."There is no one in "America, regardless of how he got here, that isn't better off because of it"... Amen! If we can have Black History month, have Miss Black America contests, black universities and so on as well as celebrate criminals like Malcolm X then the Old Dominion has every right to remember their ancestors.

Posted by: ransr01 | April 7, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I guess Virginia isn't known to be for lovers anymore!! It is now known for its moronic governor and AG. Virginia--can you spell impeachment?? Or, maybe you guys agree with these morons and still think the war is going on.

Posted by: jamstolba | April 7, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

To wlbyrd,

Silence on the great moral sin of this nation since its inception is an "abomination." Too many blacks and sympathetic whites suffered greatly for trying to change this nation to live up to its creed, stop being hypocritical. They were met with angry mobs who wanted to lynch them. But this tiny minority of fighters of liberty won out. Frederick Douglass said Power concedes nothing without a struggle. It never did. It never will. Why don't we have a month celebrating these real heroes who sacrificed so much over the decades, instead of celebrating a bunch of people who were proud white supremacists and thought of blacks as another species?

Posted by: YTYT | April 7, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Martial | April 7, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Hello SScythe66,

Why don't you read further about what blacks, both enslaved and free, and white abolitionists did to end slavery in this country. There is a history that comes from below of which most Americans don't have a clue. This is the history we should study instead of commemorating a white supremacist past that unfortunately still has some currency today.

Posted by: YTYT | April 7, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

One other item. That which is often thought to result from evil may merely be the expression of a poorly equipped brain.

If you evaluate this man's thesis with an eye to what one would want from someone expected to perhaps write appellate court briefs, you might understand how this proclamation emerged from a governor whose state is one-fifth African American.

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Posted by: Martial | April 7, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Black History month is celebrated and no one takes offense, The Black Miss America pageant takes place, Black only colleges are celebrated, however, we are getting quite tired of every issue being made into something racial. Slavery was wrong. We all know that but have you bothered to read any deeper and see how slaves came to this country to begin with? They were sold by rival tribes. I have yet to hear any remorse from anyone regarding that issue. As far as your vacation money we could care less where you spend it. Most of us hate to see show up, whine and act superior.

Posted by: LaughingLoudly | April 7, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

no kidding he cant change history. so why is colbert king acting like he is worried he can? race peddlers like this author and other democrats need to be less insecure and paranoid frankly.

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

this is just the democrat backlash against any mention of anything without a discussion of race. why are they so obsessed?

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

President Clinton was no prize to African Americans as Arkansas governor:

1) he interned for Senator J. William Fulbright, one of the most vicious segregationists;

2) he signed act 985, making holidays of birthdays of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert E. Lee;

3) he established confederate flag day, set to be the Saturday before Easter, prohibiting display of the stars and bars except to "honor the Confederate States of America";

4) he was lead defendant in a legal defense fund voting rights suit made on behalf of African Americans.

He did not, however, create a Confederate History MONTH.

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

Gov McDonnell runs to the center during the election -- disavows his past statements (indeed his college thesis) on womens and gay rights and now gets caught kowtowing to the Sons of the Confederacy the the teabaggers and offers up a lame excuse basically for getting caught in trying to do his poltical tango. At this time of rising radicalism from the right in this country, from Texas governor Perry calling for secession (maybe they should celebrate Confederacy Month down there) to these all white rallies calling out to "take OUR country back," McDonnels true colors could be seen by all. Pandering to his right wing base and all the while, perhaps by mistake, saying what he actually meant.

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

More charges of racism from the man who called all Tea Party members racist. King has been awfully quick on the draw to throw out the "R" word lately, hasn't he?

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

The war was about slavery and nothing else. Look at the platform of the Republican party. It had about 16 planks, and 15 of them were slavery. Look at the speeches of the secession conventions. All they talk about is slavery.

If this is about celebrating the heritage of a state, then call it "Civil War Remembrance", not confederate remembrance. A huge chunk of the population was opposed to the confederates - the many voters who were opposed, some of whom went north, and also the slaves, who couldn't vote.

Of course it's not as weird as when a state like Alabama talks about "our confederate heritage." In South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi, a clear majority of people were opposed to the confederacy - the black majority of those states. It's not an accident that when blacks and whites were allowed to vote, shortly after the war, those states went to the party Lincoln helped found.

No one should be held accountable for the sins of their great-grandparents. But when you celebrate the sins of your great-grandparents, then you've committed a new sin on your own account.

Posted by: wilson1204 | April 7, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Virginia was a traitor state.

Jefferson Davis and all those under him were traitors.

The confederacy was a traitor effort to dump out a traitor nation.

What VA's perverse gov wishes to commemorate are traitors who fought the United States of America.

And who sold people like cattle and tables.

The gov. is demented.

Fact is the states in the confederacy should have been abolished as conquered territories and rebooted, new borders new politics.

But, after the traitor Booth did his worst, Andrew Johnson inherited the Presidency. And that moron took a sledge hammer to the slaves' future and the Union.

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

The making of New York and the United States. Courtesy New York Historical Society.

Though it is barely mentioned in “college” textbooks, slavery was a key institution in the development of New York, from its formative years. We believe the philosophical notion that if you want to understand the present; you have to start by understanding the past.

What Americans know about freedom we learned in the school of slavery. Those in our past who spoke the language of liberty always had in mind - and often in view - shackles on the legs and manacles on the wrists of the enslaved.

At the height of the revolutionary conflict, George Washington, our greatest apostle of freedom but also the owner of hundreds of slaves, warned that if the Americans did not resist British tyranny they would become "as tame and abject slaves as the blacks we rule over with such arbitrary sway."

New York has preeminently been the capital of American liberty, the freest city of the nation - its largest, most diverse, its most economically ambitious, and its most open to the world. It was also, paradoxically, for more than two centuries, the capital of American slavery.

As many as 20 percent of colonial New Yorkers were enslaved Africans. First Dutch and then English merchants built the city's local economy largely around supplying ships for the trade in slaves and in what slaves produced - sugar, tobacco, indigo, coffee, chocolate, and ultimately, cotton. New York ship captains and merchants bought and sold slaves along the coast of Africa and in the taverns of their own city. Almost every businessman in 18th-century New York had a stake, at one time or another, in the traffic in human beings.

During the colonial period, 41 percent of the city's households had slaves, compared to 6 percent in Philadelphia and 2 percent in Boston. Only Charleston, South Carolina, rivaled New York in the extent to which slavery penetrated everyday life. To be sure, each slaveholding New Yorker usually owned only one or two persons.

Posted by: longbow65 | April 7, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

In the urban landscape, there were no plantations. Slaves slept in the cellars and attics of town houses or above farmhouse kitchens in the countryside. They did virtually all of the work of many households - bringing in the firewood, the water, and the food; cleaning the house and the clothing; removing the wastes. They were vital to the work of early craftsmen and manufacturers, and many became skilled artisans themselves. And they performed almost all the heavy labor of building New York's infrastructure.

Slaves constructed Fort Amsterdam and its successors along the Battery. They built the wall from which Wall Street gets its name. They built the roads, the docks, and most of the important buildings of the early city - the first city hall, the first Dutch and English churches, Fraunces Tavern, the city prison and the city hospital.

Slavery was no milder in the urban North than in the Deep South. Instances of abusive treatment permeate public and personal records. The city's Common Council passed one restrictive law after another: forbidding blacks from owning property or bequeathing it to their children; forbidding them to congregate at night or in groups larger than three; requiring them to carry lanterns after dark and to remain south of what is now Worth Street; threatening the most severe punishments, even death, for theft, arson, or conspiracy to revolt - and carrying out these punishments brutally and publicly time and again.

Eli Whitney (of Connecticut) is most famous for two innovations which later divided the United States in the mid-19th century: the cotton gin (1793), and his advocacy of interchangeable parts. In the South, the cotton gin revolutionized the way cotton was harvested and reinvigorated slavery because cotton fiber was not easily separated from the seed. Who benefitted most from this invention? The immigrant wage slavery Northern textile mills. Does anyone else see the date correlation? Around 1800 to 1827?? Only 35 years before the Civil War.

Truth for those that can handle the truth. Everyone else should continue crucifying the South for their trusting nature. New York abolished slavery in 1827. I wonder where the benevolent and loving slave owners dumped the expensive black masses they owned before the rest of the State politicians got a conscience? You guessed it, the South around the turn of the century. Why you ask? King Cotton was born. The South was ripe for picking. Massive fortunes were made that put more millionaires in Natchez, Mississippi than all of New York and it had to stop or the Northern States would loose their political grip on the country! The motive. It is not really as complex as imagined but it is just my opinion.

Posted by: longbow65 | April 7, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I only hope that the Tea Baglickers try something. There is nothing in the World that would be better than kicking the Putrid Bigots in the Souths A@@'s again. Only this time we need to lay waste to Texas and completely destroy So. Carolina,the Bigot Bastion of America.

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

The Confederacy was an abomination against humanity, as were the ultimate goals of its corrupt and disgraced leadership. We have the often-touted inspirational leaders of the Confederacy, men whose true motives were masked in delicate prose, fallacious chivalry, and gentile sensibilities, men, who upon winning the war, intended to invade and spread slavery into the Western States, Mexico, throughout Central America and Brazil. Governor McDonnell is right; a celebration for these fine historical figures is most definitely in order, but how to do it?
If we must honor such great men and lofty ideals, perhaps the Governor can sponsor a ‘Jeff Davis Day’ where all of Virginia’s school age boys wear cotton dresses or women’s cloaks and hide in tents across the state. The women can play the part of the Union Calvary and unmask the boys as they pretend to slip away to Mexico, Central American and Brazil to renew the great cause of state’s rights on the backs of the African slaves there. This will certainly garner nationwide publicity and increase tourism as visitors flock to record the exciting historical reenactment. Why not staff historical plantations with furloughed African American state workers, i.e., volunteers to act as slaves. Governor McDonnell can advertise the event as a means to understand and study slavery, yet another tourist bonanza for the state. Clearly, logic dictates the Confederacy’s desire for state’s rights required the expansion of slavery internationally, so let’s show folks what a great idea it was in practice.
The fact is, one does not have to celebrate historical events to understand or study them and I do not honor my relatives disposed to such actions against our Constitution anymore than I would a relative who committed sabotage and murder at a current Federal facility using the same twisted logic and gentile prose as justification. The attacks against the Federal Government, which instigated the Civil War, were acts of sedition by individuals whose primary purpose was to protect and ultimately expand an economy based on slavery. No matter how you decorate it with grand discussions of State’s rights and duty to one’s home, the fact remains that it was a coordinated act of terrorism against the legitimate power of the Federal Government for the sole purpose of enslaving human beings under the self-aggrandizing and romantic guise of States rights and a misdirected loyalty to geography.
I have to ask myself if Governor McDonnell would also be willing to support a newly formed group with exactly the same philosophical aims and finely worded justifications for its violence and sedition against the Federal Government, perhaps this June at the height of the tourist season. We can call it, ‘Celebrating Sedition Month’. Governor McDonnell can wear a woman’s cloak, a cotton dress and CSA Calvary boots.

Posted by: denn942 | April 7, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I see no valid reason celebrate treason and honor traitors.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | April 7, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

So he slipped and let us all know he is a hater. Is anybody really surprised ???

If there is a bright side it is the end of the national party pretending he has a future on a bigger stage.

Posted by: hm1501 | April 7, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Let's call them what they were, cowards traitors and terrorist. We should have shot them all. If they have black people would not have had another 100 years of terror after that war.

Posted by: Rax359 | April 7, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Let's call them what they were, cowards traitors and terrorist. We should have shot them all. If they had, black people would not have had another 100 years of terror after that war.

Posted by: Rax359 | April 7, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell is having his cake and eating it, too.

Posted by: martymar123 | April 7, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

slogan remix...

Virginia Is For Slavery.

Posted by: kravitzkravitz | April 7, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Seeing God through love assures our heart that we are of the truth because love originated in God, the Father, was manifested in His Son, Jesus Christ, and is demonstrated in His people. Therefore, If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also (1 John 4:20-21). Let us love one another, for love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God. Perfect habitual love is the measuring stick that you have been born of God in the Spirt and without it you shall not see the kingdom of God.

Posted by: ObediencebyFaith | April 7, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

To: "LaughingLoudly"-- look klown, Black Hist. month doesn't seek to celebrate an institution that existedsought to enslave and dehumanize millions of people

Posted by: dirktazer | April 7, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dummypants---

no kidding he cant change history. so why is colbert king acting like he is worried he can?

If you have not heard the Virginian Governor apologized today for his stupid decision not to mention slavery in the states Confederacy month celebration and promised to include Virgina's slave history and the awfulness that slavery brought and of the need back then to abolish slavery and treat African Americans as full blooded human beings.

He did this after immense pressure from all walks of life who were outraged and spoke out about it.

Therein lies the lesson Dummypants, for now, when confederacy month rolls around in Virgina, slavery will not be whitewashed from the history books.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | April 7, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

To: "LaughingLoudly"-- look klown, Black Hist. month doesn't seek to celebrate an institution that existedsought to enslave and dehumanize millions of people

Posted by: dirktazer | April 7, 2010 11:07 PM

Seems we hit a nerve. LOL. And BTW.. clown is spelled with a C not a K.

Posted by: LaughingLoudly | April 7, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

why not have a NAZI Germany memorial month in Virgina

would that help you stupid bastards pull your heads from the lower orifices where they seem to stuck ???

Virginians celebrating the war they inflicted on this nation ???

perhaps we should burn Richmond, just for old time's sake

how far do you stupid bastards want to take this ???

Posted by: nada85484 | April 7, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

to "LaughingLoudly" did not finish earlier post. And BkHst month was actually more about making the statement: "even though we have been downtrodden and are so often vilified, see-- we have made numerous contributions to and have things to be proud of in the country" BLk Hist month was in many ways a cry for recognition of black achievement. And can we finally put the "Miss Bk Am" red-herring to bed. Any reasonable (underline reasonable)person knows it was one of many silly pageants created in response to what might as well have been the "Miss White America" pageant. For all the chance any other ethnic group had of winning. News flash--- Miss Blk.Am. has for all practicle purposes ceased to exist since "Miss America" became more inclusive. When was the last time you heard of it? And another news flash, other ethnic groups (even whites!) are free to and have been attending historically black colleges for years now. You really need to get out more

Posted by: dirktazer | April 8, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

LaughingLoudly--One last slap: Black colleges were only created to keep blacks out of (read:good)white colleges.

Posted by: dirktazer | April 8, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Why not organize a March to the state house in Richmond to make it clear that glorifying the Confederacy is wrong? Perhaps re-enactments of the slave markets where families were split up or the whipping of a slave who dared to escape will bring things in to focus for redneck central in VA.

Posted by: wbruzzowashpost


why waste time denigrating and humiliating our minority brothers

lets just burn the Virginia governor's mansion and be DONE with this devicive issue for once and for EVER

you want to CELEBRATE something DUDE ???

let's declare Appomattox Day a NATIONAL

let's all remeber the burning of Atlanta with fondness

and how aboutt the bombardment of Vicksburg ???

Does "Prairie Dog Town" want a re-enactment of the SIEGE ???

Burning Columbia South Carolina

Sherman's march to the Sea

which day do you 4ssholes want to remember ???

how about Gettysburg ???

let's celebrate the day the dream of a free confederacy DIED

that would be JULY 4TH, for any 4sshole who might forget

Posted by: nada85484 | April 8, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

New York has a history of slavery, too. As does Maryland. Please don't forget that.

Posted by: HancockJM


New York and Maryland did not declare war against the union over slavery

New York and Maryland did not organize armies to kill Americans over slavery

New York and Maryland do not lie and try to whitewas history over slavery

New York and Maryland did not wage war against MY NATION over slavery

and New York and Maryland do not celebrate treason and murder done in the name of slavery

and that is a BIG difference, that makes your statement look like the product of a feeble or otherwise defective mind

Posted by: nada85484 | April 8, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

NewsBusters: Washington Post Assaults Bob McDonnell With Seven Hit Pieces In One Day

Posted by: StewartIII | April 8, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

"By omission in the proclamation, Virginians of African American heritage count for, as then."

Dear Mr.King
As with West Virginia miners and enforcement of safety standards. For all the sound and the fury there will be over the latest mining disaster, these people's lives count for, as then.

Your ancestors were slaves; mine were miners. Remember that old song about owing one's soul to the company store?

I like to think the election of President Obama proved once for all what can be accomplished when the heirs of poor and oppressed people finally see that we have common goals and work together instead of
bickering like children. The tea partiers and Republicans are holding up the health care "disaster" and claiming it will defeat the president at the polls next November. We'll see. We may lose some seats, but I look for Mr.Obama to be a two-term president. The term "Obamacare"
was invented to sink him. Remember Haman.

Posted by: martymar123 | April 8, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

This idiot McDonnell is just another example of the sick old racist white men who constitute the repulsive Republican party. These men are afraid of their own shadows. Holding on to the evil of their past helps to fortify them and their current evils. Clearly they feel overwhelmed by the changing face of America and they are crying out like a bunch of byatces. Don't fret. If their right wing religion has any merit at all, we can rest well knowing they all will eventually go straight to hell. Good riddens boys!

Posted by: romeno | April 8, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Wow how quickly the ever hypocritical & intellectually dishonest Lane,Capehart,and racebaiter bigot Colby King and their lemming liberal sycophants-as well as the rest of the associates at the Washington "We Have Always Hated Bob McDonnell" Post forget about this:

"Webb has suggested many times that while the Confederacy is a symbol to many of the racist legacy of slavery and segregation, for others it simply reflects Southern pride. In a June 1990 speech in front of the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, posted on his personal website, he lauded the rebels’ “gallantry,” which he said “is still misunderstood by most Americans.”

Webb, a descendant of Confederate officers, also voiced sympathy for the notion of state sovereignty as it was understood in the early 1860s, and seemed to suggest that states were justified in trying to secede."

Defending the South has practially been a life’s work for Webb - a DEMOCRAT. Yet the WaPo, Capehart, Lane, the bigotted King, as well as all you hypocritical and intellectually dishonest liberals didn’t see fit to explore Webb's love of Confederacy to any significant degree or to attack him as you have McDonnell

Democrat who suppports Confederacy - Kool
Republican who supports Confederacy - Bigots.

Major Asshattery!!

Posted by: HarleyQuinn1 | April 8, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Paging Romeno!!! - Now that I've enlightened you about Webb - A DEMOCRAT who supports the Confederacy -- I expect to hear you call Webb an idiot and an example of the sick old white racists that populate the Democrats!

If you don't then you'll prove yourself to be exactly who you are: a bigot, a hypocrite and an uneducated fool - just like the the other so called "liberals" that now constitute the majority of Democrats!

Posted by: HarleyQuinn1 | April 8, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Look we already have Black History Month.. to remind people how evil White people are.. Confederate History Month was not intended as another month to rip into "Whitey".. It was simply a way to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Virginians who fought during the civil war. With this uproar you would of thought McDonnell was trying to bring back slavery...

Posted by: sovine08 | April 8, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Another crybaby ignorant writer who doesn't recognize or appreciate what the Civil War was fought over. Read the Lincoln Douglas debates and you will see Lincoln wanted to deport you to either Mexico or Africa but didn't due to political pressure. And you people that love to use "African American" as your names remember this: Your ancestors were sold by Africans, and Africa still has slavery today.

Posted by: MillionSix | April 10, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

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