RICHMOND -- Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, reviving a controversy that had been dormant for eight years, has declared that April will be Confederate History Month in Virginia, a move that angered civil rights leaders Tuesday but that political observers said would strengthen his position with his conservative base.
[...]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."
[...]"Confederate history is full of many things that unfortunately are not put forth in a proclamation of this kind nor are they things that anyone wants to celebrate," he said. "It's one thing to sound a cause of rallying a base. But it's quite another to distort history."
The seven-paragraph declaration calls for Virginians to "understand the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the Civil War[...]"
*snort* Oh, please.
The Confuckerate flag is a classic symbol of oppression for people of color, and poor white people throughout the nation (notice how Virginia gets named specifically...ironically). Those Confuckerate soldiers were duped into fighting to protect the so-called "property" of rich whites. Talk about "distorting" history!!!
*shakes head* Satisfied now, people?
April is not Confuckerate History Month, children, not in Virginia, not anywhere, goddamn it - let's just make that clear right the hell now. No, no...I'm declaring April "White Privilege and Racism Live, So from Hereon out We're Going to Handle It Instead of Sitting Quietly Like a Nation of Punk Bitches" Month. **Update** Case in point.