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Johnson 'heartened' by McDonnell's amendment of Confederate History Month proclamation

Anita Kumar

Sheila Johnson, one of Gov. Bob McDonnell's top African American supporters and the wealthy co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, issued a statement today saying that she was heartened by Gov. Bob McDonnell's apology for not including slavery in Confederate History Month.

"I am heartened by the Governor's response, his amendment to the Proclamation and his acknowledgment that the brutality and legacy of slavery can never be forgotten or brushed aside," Johnson wrote.

Johnson had initially condemned the proclamation, which called for Virginians to "understand the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the Civil War."

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

By Anita Kumar  |  April 8, 2010; 4:37 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Sheila Johnson should just become a politician. She seems to excel at flip-flopping, lying and saying one thing and meaning another, no wonder she backed McDonnell! He taught her all the things she needs to know about being in politics. Or did her long reign of ruining young black youth teach her how to do that?

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | April 8, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

She has turned out to be such disappointment.

Posted by: candycane1 | April 8, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson bought a pig in a poke; the pig has turned out to be a racist "pig."

Posted by: TomPaine2 | April 8, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Slavery could of been eliminated by letting the states vote on it on a state by state basis (states rights) instead Lincoln declared war to make state do things his way. Same happening today with health care. The people will not stand to have things rammed down our throat's from washington.

Posted by: SavedGirl | April 8, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson is a disgusting, fat pimp for mindless programming that deadens the minds of its viewers.

BETV is a bigger enemy of people of color than whitey could ever be.

And doug wilder isn't much better.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | April 8, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Ms Johnson is a lot of things, but a Democrat?

I think not.

Perhaps another characterization would be better.

I leave it up to you to fill in the blanks, but don't put her in MY party.

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Posted by: bruce_roemmelt | April 8, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

will you look at the simple reply a couple of posts above where the writer suggests the issue of slavery could be decided on a state by state basis?.......hahahahahaha

what a tard!

can you imagine it now....some states are free, others have slaves....hahahahaha

people like shiela johnson and doug wilder?

would they working in the house or in the fields in carry me back to 'ol virginny?

and what would we do with all the mescans?

we ar

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | April 8, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Firstly, it was a huge mistake for McDonnell to omit slavery in his proclamation.

Here is what I believe is important for people to understand. The Civil War, especially in Virginia, was not about slavery. It was about states rights. Unfortunately, slavery was considered part of those rights and that is why I'm not sure I can forgive McDonnell for such an omission.

The south was fighting for their rights which they felt were not being granted to them by the federal government, and the north was fighting to preserve the union. The north was not fighting to end slavery and the south was not fighting to keep it (slavery of course was part of the equation, don't misunderstand me.)

I think confederate history month is a good thing. People should know that the confederates were not a bunch of slave drivers, just as the south should understand that Sherman was more than a pyromaniac : )

Posted by: Thoreau21 | April 9, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Obama has driven the country off the Grand Canyon, and Creigh Deeds' campaign manager, Kumar, is still focusing on this non story..And they wonder why the Compost is in line for bailout funds.

Posted by: wewintheylose | April 9, 2010 4:39 AM | Report abuse

Most people who fought in the War between the States didn't even own a pair of shoes, much less slaves. Slavery, while important, was one of several issues. The real issue was Federal vs. State power.
Slavery did not really become the dominant issue until after the war started. After all, Delaware, Maryland, and Kentucky, all Union States, were slave owning states.

Posted by: grantpaten | April 9, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Most people who fought in the War between the States didn't even own a pair of shoes, much less slaves. Slavery, while important, was one of several issues. The real issue was Federal vs. State power.
Slavery did not really become the dominant issue until after the war started. After all, Delaware, Maryland, and Kentucky, all Union States, were slave owning states.

Posted by: grantpaten | April 9, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

God Bless our Confederate Hero's!

Posted by: FloridaCitizen | April 9, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

God Bless our Confederate Hero's!

Posted by: FloridaCitizen | April 9, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Shelia Johnson would own slaves if she could! What a 'tard!

Posted by: lsf07 | April 9, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Johnson is a Republican because she has money. When will she and other blacks realize the GOP doesn't want them ,nor looks out for them. McDonell is a joke. Next stop: White Christian month.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 9, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Did Sheila Johnson really consider all the issues, agendas and stands of McDonnell before contributing to his campaign?

One generation removed from the working class and she wants to forget where she came from and the backs of who she climbed upon!

Sheila you are truly lost!

Posted by: Badger21 | April 9, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I wondered how long it would take Sheila Johnson to realize that the Old South is still alive and well in Virginia. It wasn't that long ago that she would never have been allowed to use the front door at Salamander Farm.

Posted by: Anglo_Rider | April 9, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Why does anyone consider Johnson's opinion on anything worth knowing. She is a graceless arriviste with pretensions of being white, monied Old Virginia. She and her pimp of a husband got lucky with DC Cable when they were both District Council staff hacks. There is no mystery or genius here just a pair of chocolate opportunists with tremendous pretensions. If the Post stopped shining light on them we might get lucky and they would just go away.

Would love to know from someone out Middleburg way what the status is of the scar on the landscape that was supposed to be Salmonella Acres. That is Sheila Johnson's memorial.

Posted by: SoCali | April 9, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Her Loudoun County skid row motel and catering businesses are AWFUL so why listen to anything this Negress says? If Sheila Johnson doesn't like it here she can go to Darfur in Africa this morning and become a slave herself to the Muslim Janjaweed this afternoon.
Or perhaps she'd like to go to Congo and eat some bush meat like a chimpanzee contaminated with the Marburg or Ebola viruse and die within 48 hours by massive hemmoraging throughout every orifice in her body. Maybe she'll serve this at her next catered event, if she ever gets another one.
If she were alive and living in the South during the Civil War she most likely would have had slaves herself, as many well to do Confederate negros had.

They're weren't many but they were there.

Posted by: manfromthefuture | April 9, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson is making a habit of putting on blinders when it comes to men. She was ignorant to the fact that Bob Johnson was sleeping with the senior executive women at BET and she was blind to the true nature of McDonnell. Why anyone listens to this idiot is beyond me!

Posted by: Misty630 | April 9, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

As I told the governor, in my email to him, why would someone want to give glory and recognition to a bunch of racist, who held, and wanted to continue to hold black people as slaves, violating my people human rights, we have never recieved an apology, there is no shame in these racist pigs,like this governor, for violating us like that. Believe me, I believe, somobody is going to have to pay for what they did to us, before this old world is over, for all the millions of Africans who lost their lives, and treated less than an animal, all the pain and suffering, anyone who believes these racist are going to get away, are under an illussion, they better get ready. When you look at Europe, America, South America, and all those islands, it is because of African slavery, these continients, are thrieving like they are today, the African slavery made this world we see Europeans, and all other white countries, enjoying today.

Posted by: shbkyn | April 9, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

My grandfather’s grandfather soldiered for the Confederacy for four years and was wounded shortly before the end of the war. I am conscious of being a descendent of a Confederate veteran.
The Civil War was an immense tragedy that brought the immense good of ending slavery and preserving the Union. It was a necessary first step in beginning the eradication of the evils of slavery and racism. The process of reconciliation has been long and painful, and is not over; public officials should promote eliminating the vestiges of racism and hatred, not revival of them. It is offensive when politicians like McDonnell use the history of that tragic period to revive old hatreds in the service of their selfish political interests.
What does it mean when southern politicos raise Confederate imagery? They are sending a twofold signal:
It is a signal to the racist, nativist, hateful elements of their right-wing constituency. In the century and a half since its demise, the Confederacy and its imagery have been used repeatedly to support of white supremacist activity and unyielding, violent resistance to racial equality; public approval Confederate imagery is a clear signal of affinity for those doctrines which should have no place in modern America. In a time when overt racism is unacceptable, it is a covert, deniable method of sending a message of affinity to racist fringe groups.

David.Perry@FourFreedomsToday.com

Posted by: dlperry42 | April 10, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

wewintheylose and granpaten make interesting points. wewinthey lose just doesn't want to except reality. As an African american I am distressed at his clearly racist attitude. This attitude prevents him from accepting facts and allows him to swallow lies that in less than 18 months Obama could destroy the nation. granpaten's point is more revealing the TEA PARTY group are just like Conderate soldiers. They own no slaves but are willing to die for MASTER to keep his. That way they an still be superior to Blacks. Same as the TEA Party who blindly support corporate interest against their own interest. Why because of there underlying racism. Please spare me that All TEA PARTY supporters are not racist. Of course not but eventually they have to say what they are besides those who spread myths, who celebrate ignorance and are against anything the President supports.
This confederate month is racist on its face. what distrubs me is that there is so little outrage. There would be more outrage had there been a proposal in Germany to celebrate a NAZI month. When its the enslavement of Blacks at issue, people want to understand. This is not historical, if so it would have been called Civil War history Month. No it is celebrating people who fought to keep people enslaved. Make no mistake Slavery was the reason for the Civil War and Racism is the reason for confederate hisry month.

Posted by: marcman5 | April 12, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

wewintheylose and granpaten make interesting points. wewinthey lose just doesn't want to except reality. As an African american I am distressed at his clearly racist attitude. This attitude prevents him from accepting facts and allows him to swallow lies that in less than 18 months Obama could destroy the nation. granpaten's point is more revealing the TEA PARTY group are just like Conderate soldiers. They own no slaves but are willing to die for MASTER to keep his. That way they an still be superior to Blacks. Same as the TEA Party who blindly support corporate interest against their own interest. Why because of there underlying racism. Please spare me that All TEA PARTY supporters are not racist. Of course not but eventually they have to say what they are besides those who spread myths, who celebrate ignorance and are against anything the President supports.
This confederate month is racist on its face. what distrubs me is that there is so little outrage. There would be more outrage had there been a proposal in Germany to celebrate a NAZI month. When its the enslavement of Blacks at issue, people want to understand. This is not historical, if so it would have been called Civil War history Month. No it is celebrating people who fought to keep people enslaved. Make no mistake Slavery was the reason for the Civil War and Racism is the reason for confederate history month.

Posted by: marcman5 | April 12, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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