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McDonnell takes heat over “Confederate History Month”

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Democrats and African-American groups are attacking Gov. Bob McDonnell‘s decision to issue a proclamation in honor of  “Confederate History Month” in Virginia.

The last time the Commonwealth recognized the event was 2001, the last time a Republican was in the Governor’s office.  McDonnell said in a conference call yesterday that the observance was an important history lesson for Virginians and it could help generate interest ahead of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

NBC12 reporter Evrod Cassimy covered the story Tuesday night on NBC12. You can see his story here.

The story has already gone national, as today Democratic Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple will appear on MSNBC at 12:30 on Wednesday.


Written by Ryan Nobles

April 7, 2010 at 10:14 am

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  1. I agree with Gov. Bob McDonell’s decision to issue a proclamation in honor of Confederate History Month. Not only is it proper, but it could benefit Virginia’s tourism industry.

    Derwood Guthrie

    April 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm

  2. A national study conducted by Mediacurves.com explored opinions of 600 Americans regarding Virginia’s reinstatement of Confederate History Month. Results found that Among political parties, the majority of Republicans (62%) indicated that confederate history should be honored, while the same proportion of Democrats (62%) reported that confederate history should not be honored. In addition, nearly half of the respondents (48%) reported that celebrating Confederate History Month promotes racist ideals.
    More results can be seen at http://www.mediacurves.com/NationalMediaFocus/J7798-ConfederateHistoryMonth/Index.cfm


    April 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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