Confederate History Month Proclamation Of Bob McDonnell Gets Mixed Reaction

April 7th, 2010 - 7:18 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
dc-bob-mcdonnell-1Virginia, Apr 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A typical right-wing tradition that was almost kept buried by the democrat governors like Tim Kaine and Mark Warner is going to return in Virginia. It is known as Confederate History Month. Bob McDonnell, the republican governor of the state is going to bring it back for the first time after 2001. He recently designated April to venerate the secessionist. He addressed the residents of Virginia and asked them to recall the days of sacrifice of the great Confederate leaders, citizens and soldiers who put in their best to make the state proud in the troubled times of the Civil War. Jim Gilmore was the last Republican governor of the state to make a proclamation.

However, his actions were met with mild criticism. Virginia will step into the 149th anniversary of its secession on April 17th. His move may annoy the civil rights leaders but it will help him to strengthen his conservative base to an extent. However, Bob McDonnell did not resort to using any anti-slavery language which his predecessor James S. Gilmore did. Bob McDonnell also claimed that his move was meant to promote tourism in Virginia.

The proclamation drew flaks from the NAACP and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and they said that his proclamation was unacceptable. The governor actually put in the proclamation in the website but there it did not attract much attention. The month of April is also meant for commemorating events like financial literacy, organ donations and child abuse prevention. The people in the state who do not like federal rules interfering with state rights, will surely appreciate his step.

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