Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Confederate History Month sparks anger in Va.

Reviving a controversy that had been dormant for eight years, Virginia's governor declared that April will be Confederate History Month in the state, a move that angered civil rights leaders. Check out the Washington Post's reporting on the story here

The governor of Virginia is not the only one trying to stir up memories of Confederate history. The Sons of Confederate Veterans - the same group that urged the Virginian governor to appoint April Confederate history Month - have also be involved in a multi-year campaign to establish a Confederate license plate in Florida to benefit their cause. Here is a video on the subject from MSNBC. What do you think of their defense of the Confederate flag license plate? Is there a way to celebrate the legacy of those who fought for the confederacy without invoking rhetoric and imagery that is itself inflammatory to African Americans and those who view the war as a means to end slavery? 

The Virginia governor seems to believe that Confederate History Month will help win him support from conservatives who feel a kinship with the notion of states rights in an era of perceived greater federal control. What do you think? 

Read Governor Bob McDonnell's proclamation of Confederate History Month here.

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