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Plum calls on McDonnell to remove original Confederate History Month proclamation from Web site

Anita Kumar

Del. Ken Plum, the Democratic caucus chairman in the House of Delegates, isn't satisfied with Gov. Bob McDonnell's amendment of his Confederate History Month proclamation to include slavery.

Plum is calling on McDonnell to ask the Sons of Confederate Veterans to post the new version of the proclamation on their Web site. The group still has up the old version up, which has no reference to slavery as the cause of the Civil War.

"The Governor's work on making amends for the thoughtless and hurtful proclamation issued from his office is not done until he rescinds the original proclamation and asks that it no longer be displayed,'' Plum said. "We cannot have people believing that the Governor with a wink and a nod is trying to appease all people with both versions of the Proclamation. It's no wonder that Virginians are confused, given McDonnell's initial defense and subsequent apology for the proclamation. Since Governor McDonnell created this confusion, it is his duty to clear it up."

The Sons of Confederate Veterans asked McDonnell to issue this year's proclamation and thanks him on the group's Web site.

Updated: The governor's office did not respond to our requests for comment today.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 9, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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The Sons of the Confederacy are obviously uneducated redneck evangelicals.

Posted by: kenk3 | April 9, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The sons of traitors and losers = The sons of the Conferacy

Posted by: kenk3 | April 9, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

This is not the only Civil War History scandal in Virginia.


Posted by: MikeLicht | April 10, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

It is as simple as: Are we, as Americans, going to rise to a new level of mutual understanding, tolerance and harmony or are we going to go backwards to hatred and racism?

Posted by: verycreative | April 11, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I am beginning to wonder if this accidental oversight wasn't one. Did Bob McConnell and the Sons of Confederate Veterans work out this 'arrangement' intentionally, once the governor was unable to get away with the original proclamation? One thing that makes me wonder is Haley Barbour's gratuitous support of McDonnell and the neo-Confederates. There was no reason for him to get involved...unless this an intentional provocation. If another Republican governor or leader makes a statement saying slavery is not significant, or, was not the major cause of the Civil War, it will be clear it is. An effort to provoke President Obama perhaps?

Posted by: query0 | April 11, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

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