Posts Tagged ‘Confederate History’
Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a brutal struggle that pitted American against American and sometimes brother against brother. And while major military conflict ceased with the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865, the underlying conflict has continued to simmer from Reconstruction and Jim Crow through the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.
Astonishingly, it continues still.
The most recent skirmish has broken out in Virginia, where Gov. Robert McDonnell issued a proclamation decreeing April as Confederate History Month. According to the proclamation, it is important for the people of Virginia “to understand the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the Civil War,” which the decree refers to as “a four-year war between the states for independence.”
As many have pointed out, the proclamation makes no mention whatsoever of slavery, no mention of its central role in causing the war, no mention of the fact that the Civil War ended with the liberation of millions of African Americans from generations of bondage. McDonnell’s preferred version of history is, plain and simple, white man’s history…
To pretend otherwise is to distort history for political purposes that are themselves suspect.
Playing to his racist gallery – whether it be Southern Strategy Republicans or teabaggers or just your friendly neighborhood bigot – the governor of Virginia clarifies the direction of today’s Republican Party. Their response to defeat by a Black American in the 2008 general election – is to become more of a racist party than they have been – publicly – since the days of Richard Nixon.
No surprise in this neck of the prairie.
UPDATE: Too little, too late.