The other day Gov. Bob McDonnell, best known for being slightly less inane than Bobby Jindal, restored the tradition of declaring April "Confederate History Month" in Virginia.
Just one hitch: in his proclamation, McDonnell forgot to mention- what was it again? That situation with the people and the forced labor and the dying…
McDonnell left out anti-slavery language that Allen's successor, James S. Gilmore III (R), had included in his proclamation.
McDonnell said Tuesday that the move was designed to promote tourism in the state, which next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the war. McDonnell said he did not include a reference to slavery because "there were any number of aspects to that conflict between the states. Obviously, it involved slavery. It involved other issues. But I focused on the ones I thought were most significant for Virginia."
Right, and if you think back on the Civil War, slavery was an issue. But not a significant issue, like Robert E. Lee's beard.
Anyway, Bob McDonnell has updated his proclamation and apologized for his "major omission." Who, I believe, led the charge at Williamsburg.
Tags: Bob McDonnell, Slavery, Virginia