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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 01/17/2011

Updated: Sons of Confederate Veterans criticize McDonnell, Allen

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

The Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold a news conference Tuesday to outline the "ongoing failures" of Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to deal with a variety of history and heritage issues in Virginia.

Brag Bowling, a spokesman for the group, said their complaints extend beyond McDonnell's apology for declaring April 2010 "Confederate History Month," which the group had requested in the spring. He said it will include a variety of other issues, including the ongoing dispute over the flying of the Confederate battle flag outside the Confederate Memorial Chapel behind the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

"It has been estimated that over 2 million Virginia citizens can trace their ancestry to a soldier who fought in the Confederate army,'' said B. Frank Earnest, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. "The Civil War was a defining moment in our history and, as we enter its sesquicentennial year, it is fitting we honor the memories of the men and women on both sides whose sacrifices are part of our heritage. However, to put it candidly, under Governor Bob McDonnell, Virginia's history has become political football."

"We call on Governor McDonnell to remember that he is the governor of all Virginians, that he honor the memory of those who died in defense of our commonwealth, and that he rethink ... his position and honor the forthcoming petition which will begin today."

In September, McDonnell said he would declare April 2011 "Civil War in Virginia" month as he offered a second apology for his proclamation last year that failed to mention the role that slavery played in the state that was home to the capital of the Confederacy.

The International Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold the news conference Tuesday afternoon in Washington. Bowling said the event will also include criticism of former governor George Allen, who is expected to announce soon that he is running for U.S. Senate in 2012.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin declined to comment. Allen spokesman Tim Nussbaum did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday.

By Anita Kumar  | January 17, 2011; 12:39 PM ET
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Let us NOT forget that it was ALEX NYERGES - Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - that DEMANDED that the Lee-Jackson Camp #1 (Sons of Confederate Veterans) CEASE flying the Flag of Virginia in front of the Confederate Memorial Chapel (Richmond).

Now consider - that's the STATE FLAG!!!

The Board of Directors of the VMFA should remember this. So should ALL Virginians, before do9nating a DIME to the VMFA!!!

Posted by: aceback | January 17, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Let us NOT forget that it was ALEX NYERGES - Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - that DEMANDED that the Lee-Jackson Camp #1 (Sons of Confederate Veterans) CEASE flying the Flag of Virginia in front of the Confederate Memorial Chapel (Richmond).

Now consider - that's the STATE FLAG!!!

The Board of Directors of the VMFA should remember this. So should ALL Virginians, before donating a DIME to the VMFA!!!

Posted by: aceback | January 17, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

It is estimated that 3 1/2 million Virginians (almost HALF of the State population) trace their ancestory to a Confederate Veteran(s).

Governor McDonnell, George Allen, & Alex Nyerges (Director of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) have tread upon our ancestry with their lack of sensitivity towards our heritage.

It is time for Virginians to stand up & hold these men responsible>

Posted by: aceback | January 17, 2011 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Feeling a profound connection to the Confederacy today, 150 years after the conflict, is tantamount to descendants of Loyalists feeling a deep connection to King George, his military and his colonial supporters on the sesquicentennial of the American Revolution in 1926. Can't there be fierce state and regional pride without the Confederacy? The South has a great deal to be proud of, as we all know. See my blog on the subject at http://blogs.forbes.com/craigsilver/

Posted by: CultureMulcher | January 19, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The prejudice against Confederate Americans who obey the laws and Constitution of the United States. While subjected to disenfranchisement, and denied equal protection under the Constitution of the United States after the last 150 years, is the most offensive hypocrisy of our nation. Equal rights only if we agree with what one mob says is not equal rights, it is Mob rule! The Confederate States defended themselves against usurpation, if it wasn't a threat then they would not have seceded. Since the Civil Rights movement, Confederate Americans have been under constant attack. Under the guise of equal civil rights for all, while condemning Confederate Americans with false images and propaganda of misinformation, of Northern Jim Crow and racial atrocities. Perpetuating that Southerner's, Confederate Americans are solely racists, as opposed to being more so than others. Racism is not color, culturally, or politically blind. The peace which brought our country together is being eroded by politically correct arrogance and ignorance. There will not be a country if we do not teach acceptance of each other. Confederate Americans as a group are not racists, the people who choose to hate them are. It is a flag and no flag ever called me Honky, Cracker,or Redneck!!! Confederate Americans are integrated through out America and the world. They are a multicultural diverse group of people descended from some of the worlds greatest people as well as a few rotten apples, who isn't!!! Confederates Americans deserve the same respect as any American who has given their all for this nation and they will continue to do so. Honoring Confederate Americans is American and they deserve equal recognition. Confederate Americans deserve the same fair and equal opportunity to celebrate our American history. Let the Flag fly give them recognition for heritage month,and days. Please help end the politically correct genocide of our country.

Posted by: AmericanStatesmen | January 23, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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