Confederate History Month: Bob McDonnell Admits 'Major Omission'
"Major Omission" Comes Back To Haunt Governor McDonnel
Virginia governor Bob McDonnell named April Confederate History Month in the Commonwealth, but was accused of failing to mention the notion of slavery in his proclamation, concentrating on the "sacrifices of Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the Civil War" instead. Many political bloggers and observers slammed the governor for misrepresenting the history of the United States as the result.
The criticism forced governor McDonnell to revise his proclamation. In a statement published on his website today, McDonnell says the proclamation issued by his office 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," says McDonnell. "The abomination of slavery divided our nation, deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights, and led to the Civil War."
The official Confederate History Month proclamation has also been altered and now includes words like "slavery" and "inhumane practice."
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…
February 2010 was proclaimed Black History Month by McDonnell that he described as an opportunity to "tell the story of African-Americans in Virginia and their immense contributions to both our Commonwealth and our country." The proclamation of Black History Month contained words like "slave" and "Negro."