Va. governor concedes slavery mention omitted in...

Apr 8, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WDAF

Under pressure from critics, Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday called it a "major omission" not noting slavery in declaring April Confederate History Month in Virginia.

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The north had more slave states than the south did(counting territories). The north didn't make war on their own slave states. The war was over secession, not slavery.
Slavery was legal under the US Constitution, was strengthened by the US Congress, was unheld by the US Supreme Court, and was backed by President Lincoln.
What changed was a string of southern military victories that had the Democratic Party demanding peace and the Republican Party demanding an expansion of the war to end slavery and cripple the south economically to bring victory for the north.
The stated reason for the war changed in 1863 from preservation of the union to abolition of slavery.
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Does this mean that your black people want more reparations for something that occurred generations ago?

Every gang banger and every welfare recipient wants to live off the backs of hard-working tax payers.

What a country.

Your president Ubama now want to ship and fly thousands of Afrikan residents to Amerika. Many are from his country of birth, Kenya. Ubama claims these tribes are related to himself and to other blacks in Amerika.
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I think there are a lot of blacks who never studied their own history. A lot of southern history has been distorted or omitted from modern school books.

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let's not forget this:

It were the dominant AFRICAN TRIBES that CAUGHT AND SOLD rival tribes into SLAVERY...
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Cranky Old Man wrote:
I think there are a lot of blacks who never studied their own history. A lot of southern history has been distorted or omitted from modern school books.
naaaa say it ain't so.... libs and revisionist history practices go hand in hand my friend.
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Freedmens Bureau wrote:
The north had more slave states than the south did(counting territories). The north didn't make war on their own slave states. The war was over secession, not slavery.
Slavery was legal under the US Constitution, was strengthened by the US Congress, was unheld by the US Supreme Court, and was backed by President Lincoln.
What changed was a string of southern military victories that had the Democratic Party demanding peace and the Republican Party demanding an expansion of the war to end slavery and cripple the south economically to bring victory for the north.
The stated reason for the war changed in 1863 from preservation of the union to abolition of slavery.
Better start reading better history books.

The War of Sucession was predicated Southern states having an agraian not an industrial economic base.

The south had no industry except cotton and tobacco.

Slavery provided the "cheap labor" that held their economy together. The abolishment of slavery posed an econmic threat to these states. And was the primary reason for the War of Succession.
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wow! it all make sense now!

slavery started when blacks sold their own africans peoples to the U.S.

this happened over 150 years ago

blacks have been collecting TRILLIONS in entitlements under welfare, foodstamp, free housing, and healthcare ...

no wonder blacks are lazy and don't work - and now wants even more free money ... from something that didn't even happen to them!

no wonder our racist-in-chief sat in his racist church of rev wright for 20 years ... to give blacks more freebies so he can continue to control them just like in the slave days!

“Obama tells the right to...”

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This is why the tea-baggers will always be an insignificant blip on the political radar, and why the republican Party has imploded and will never be the Democratic Partyís equal again. The newly elected republican Virginia Governorís first order of business is to divide his state with a controversially bigoted and racist decision in declaring April Confederate History Month in Virginia. But then to try and revise history by omitting slavery was just ridiculous and evil.
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dumba-s patty is back with more bullsh-t.
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Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today regarding the proclamation of Confederate History Month in the Commonwealth

"The proclamation issued by this Office designating April as Confederate History Month contained a major omission. The failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake, and for that I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed. The abomination of slavery divided our nation, deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights, and led to the Civil War. Slavery was an evil, vicious and inhumane practice which degraded human beings to property, and it has left a stain on the soul of this state and nation. In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly approved a formal statement of "profound regret" for the Commonwealth's history of slavery, which was the right thing to do.

When I signed the Proclamation designating February as Black History Month, and as I look out my window at the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, I am reminded that, even 150 years later, Virginia's past is inextricably part of our present. The Confederate History Month proclamation issued was solely intended to promote the study of our history, encourage tourism in our state in advance of the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, and recognize Virginia's unique role in the story of America. The Virginia General Assembly unanimously approved the establishment of a Sesquicentennial American Civil War Commission to prepare for and commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the War, in order to promote history and create recognition programs and activities.

As Virginians we carry with us both the burdens and the blessings of our history. Virginia history undeniably includes the fact that we were the Capitol of the Confederacy, the site of more battlefields than any other state, and the home of the signing of the peace agreement at Appomattox.

Our history is perhaps best encapsulated in a fact I noted in my Inaugural Address in January: The state that served as the Capitol of the Confederacy was also the first in the nation to elect an African-American governor, my friend, L. Douglas Wilder. America's history has been written in Virginia.

We cannot avoid our past; instead we must demand that it be discussed with civility and responsibility. During the commemoration of the Civil War over the next four years, I intend to lead an effort to promote greater understanding and harmony in our state among our citizens."

In addition the Governor announced that the following language will be added to the Proclamation:

WHEREAS, it is important for all Virginians to understand that the institution of slavery led to this war and was an evil and inhumane practice that deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights and all Virginians are thankful for its permanent eradication from our borders, and the study of this time period should reflect upon and learn from this painful part of our history.

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YAWN.

Slavery and the Confederacy. Both Long, Long, Gone. WHO Cares?

YAWN.
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Imperial Democrat wrote:
let's not forget this:
It were the dominant AFRICAN TRIBES that CAUGHT AND SOLD rival tribes into SLAVERY...
So when a PIMP sells YOU a HOOKER and YOU BUY HER/HIM YOU ARE ONLY PARTIALLY TO BLAME, especially when you decide to KEEP HIM/HER forever? Fetuses are sacrosanct, but adults and children are fair game?

(JEFF GANNON, GEORGE BUSH TLA)
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There are a multitude of reasons why the War between the States occurred. One of them was that the oligarchs in Europe, particularly the money printers wanted a foothold in the United States. They figured a fiat currency could have been used in a weaker nation that is now two. And one of them, probably the southern ones would have used the fiat currency at some point. As it turns out, the traitor Woodrow Wilson got the Federal Reserve Act passed in 1913. It was a good ride with multiple warnings including the Great Depression. We did not heed the warnings. Now payment is due again. Something for nothing ends up being nothing.
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Cranky Old Man wrote:
I think there are a lot of blacks who never studied their own history.
that's funny...most blacks haven't studied anything.
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the Messiah wrote:
YAWN.
Slavery and the Confederacy. Both Long, Long, Gone. WHO Cares?
YAWN.
Got to go with you on this one. Who cares, its History everyone should have studied in school. More concerned about us become slaves under the Marxist take over of our nation, thats not History 150 years old, its now.
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that's funny...most blacks haven't studied anything.
Blacks don't value education.

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This is, of course, a very touchy subject. Posters above have made some very good points. Lincoln was pressured by abolitionist groups to amend his message that the war was about holding the union together (A house divided against itself cannot stand.) This was a problem in attempting to recruit Irish immigrants because they had only an economic toehold in society and feared that the freedmen would take their jobs.

In Pennsylvannia, coal miners were largely exempt from the draft because they were "essential" workers. There was also a famous slogan from the Schuylkill coal fields that the miners would fight for "Uncle Sam, but not for Uncle Sambo." (Referencing a child's story.)The shanty towns owned by the coal companies were often as bad or worse than the housing for slaves in the South. Freedmen would compete for their marginal livings and they would not fight to disadvantage themselvves. Their draft quotas were often made up by soldiers from Philadelphia.

Interestingly, the largest slaveholders in the south were NOT required to fight in the war. They were exempted becauae of the necessity of keeping control of "their people" on their plantations and to attempt to continue to grow marketable products which could feed the war machine.(England's textile industry was a major consumer of cotton grown on the plantations.)

Many of the Confederate soldiers fought because they believed that their rights were being trampled by the political and economic power of the north. Slavery was not especially a popular cause among them because many tradesmen had to compete against the "free" labor of slaves for business. As is often the case, the ruling elite chose a rallying cause of states' rights to inflame the masses because they, themselves, if allowed to continue the plantation society, could continue their lifestyles without interference.

A collateral ancester of mine, a Famine immigrant first to England and then to Pennsylvania, found himself working on a railroad spur in southern Virginia when the war started. He was twice a "substitute", paid to take the place of someone who could afford to buy his life from someone who was seen to be far more expendable.

To honor those who fought is not the same thing as honoring the institution of slavery. Like my ancestor, some fought for monetary gain. Many fought because they thought their rights were threatened. Surely, some fought because they thought it would be a glorious adventure. Although the soldiers of the Confederacy are long dead, I would guess that those who fought to support the South's "peculiar institution" were far fewer than one would believe.
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Marine Corp Pat wrote:
This is why the tea-baggers will always be an insignificant blip on the political radar, and why the republican Party has imploded and will never be the Democratic Partyís equal again. The newly elected republican Virginia Governorís first order of business is to divide his state with a controversially bigoted and racist decision in declaring April Confederate History Month in Virginia. But then to try and revise history by omitting slavery was just ridiculous and evil.
I can't wait for the day when all of this teabagger, fright-wing crap blows
up in their faces and they can't BUY an election.

I was watching Ellen Degeneres last night and she showed a recent clip
from Family Feud. The question was: name something that everyone knows
about Ellen. The family answered like this:
1. She's gay
2. She has a talk show
3. She's funny
Then it was the father of the family's turn. He said "she hates her country".
He was totally serious.

Democrats are going to have to work really hard, but we need to keep a huge
presence in the House and Senate because these people scare the crap out
of me.
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I thought when we finally had a black president that racism
would no longer be one of our major issues in this country.
Boy, was I wrong! Anyone with a drop of racism in their soul
is out in full force, and it's disgusting.

I'm ashamed of our citizens.

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Marine Corp Pat wrote:
This is why the tea-baggers will always be an insignificant blip on the political radar, and why the republican Party has imploded and will never be the Democratic Partyís equal again. The newly elected republican Virginia Governorís first order of business is to divide his state with a controversially bigoted and racist decision in declaring April Confederate History Month in Virginia. But then to try and revise history by omitting slavery was just ridiculous and evil.
You are right for once pattie, the tea baggers especially the national headquarters in San Francisco will always be a blip even though they always get the loons to carry their water.......buckets are too heavy for limp wrist.

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