Thursday, April 8, 2010

Governor Fails History Class

Governor Bob McDonnell conceded "a major omission" for not noting slavery in declaring April "Confederate History Month in Virginia." As criticism ranged following his historical brain freeze, the Governor inserted a paragraph condemning slavery as "evil and inhumane" and blaming it as the cause of the Civil War.
In issuing his apology he said he wasn't focused on slavery in drafting the decree but on Civil war history.
We give Governor McDonnell an F in history! Slavery was an integral part of Civil War history as anyone with a passing knowledge of the conflict knows. Let us also consider the role that African Americans played during the war as soldiers (mainly in the north) and as laborers (in both the north and south). Perhaps the Governor recalls the Emancipation Proclamation "freeing" slaves in the Confederacy and the role that document played in ending political recognition by Britain and France.
We might also remind him of the Virginia Ordinance of Secession which states:
"... the Federal Government having perverted said powers not only to the injury of the people of Virginia, but to the oppression of Southern slave holding states ."
We suggest that the Governor be required to take an American history or Virginia history public school class to better understand the role of the Civil War in shaping Virginia.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

President Obama said that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's proclamation designating April "Confederate History Month" without a mention of slavery was "an unacceptable omission" but one he has now acknowledged.

President Obama said "I'm a big history buff. And I think that understanding the history of the Confederacy and understanding the history of the Civil War is something that every American and every young American should be a part of," the president said. "Now, I don't think you can understand the Confederacy and the Civil War unless you understand slavery. And so, I think that was an unacceptable omission. I think the governor's now acknowledged that."