What’s next, Ku Klux Klan Week?


Seriously? Seriously?

Last month Virginia Gov. McDonnell made a proclamation to designate the month of April as Confederate History Month in Virginia. If that alone was not enough to ignite some tension in the US, the governor then added insult to potential injury, by totally omitting any reference to one of the main reasons Confederacy came to existence in the first place — slavery.

The attempt to omit any acknowledgment of the role of slavery, during a proclamation to celebrate the Confederacy, is insulting to say the very least. It would be akin to Germany wanting to hold a Shutzstaffel (more commonly known as the SS) or Swastika Celebration without acknowledging the Holocaust.

Granted this is not the first time the state of Virginia has placed this proclamation. It also is not the only southern state to do so. This is the first time any proclamation not only ignored slavery but, in this case, also white-washed the brutality of the Confederacy in the immediate years following the Civil War. It is revisionist history at its finest.

Yes, the Confederacy is very much a part of the South’s heritage, and we (Americans) acknowledge it happened. However, I do not see the need to have an entire month dedicated to it. Hell, Black History Month only has 28 days, 29 on leap years, in which to celebrate. Confederate History Month will have 30 days guaranteed. I’m sorry but there is something wrong with this beyond mere arithmetic.

Did McDonnell really, I mean really, think he would get away with it in the first place? Of course not! So whose ass was he pretending to (or perhaps outright) kissing, knowing he would have to change the verbiage?

As expected, the Governor was called to task on the omission by various groups, for reasons ranging from racial, to political and just down right insensitivity. Gov. McDonnell has since issued an apology for the omission and has stated that new language will be added to the proclamation to include slavery. Sorry, it’s too much, too little, too late motherfucker. It’s using the lube after the screwing.

I can acknowledge the Confederacy. I don’t think twice about it, as I see the Confederate flag waving proudly from various front porches, when I travel south. Maybe it’s the residue of my very southern (and yes, very racist) mother’s words still rattling in some far corner of my mind from when I was growing up but, some things just should not be “celebrated”. A part of me can’t help but wonder…

What’s next, Ku Klux Klan week?

4 thoughts on “What’s next, Ku Klux Klan Week?

  1. I saw Anderson Cooper’s coverage of this last night on 360. I was absolutely appalled at the Confederate debater (Brag Bowling) and his “defense,” choosing to defend by attacking, finger-pointing at the Union, and saying how they invaded and brought atrocities. I’m not quoting, just the gist. Of course war is hell- but his incredibly narrow and self-serving view of events was shocking.

  2. I’m apparently way out of touch about current events as I had no idea this happened. The insensitivity and ignorance on behalf of the governor and anyone supporting this is shocking.. well, sadly not that shocking.

    Supposedly the number of organized hate groups are at an all time high since Barack Obama became president. Championing the Confederates seems like an extension of this. My best friend, raised by her devout Baptist grandmother always repeats something she used to say to her growing up, “God don’t like ugly.” This is indeed ugly.

    Great post, Raivenne.

  3. …is it me, or has the climate of racism increased somewhat lately? I would have to believe that folk just wasn’t ready for a Black president!! But now, boy they really ‘turned up the volume’, so to speak – and these folk really don’t care who they hurt in the process. Anyway, like folk down south say, ‘God Don’t Like Ugly’; and these folk are hurting my eyes, something awful!! Great post, sis!

  4. Great post, Rai! You’d think they’d have gotten tired of all that Confederate crap down there by now, especially since the area supposedly entered the modern world in the last few decades with hi-tech companies, etc. relocating there. Certainly significant parts of Virginia, as well as places like Atlanta and Raleigh, are now full of displaced New Yorkers.

    Incidentally, noticing some comments on Facebook, it’s ironic that the Confederate sympathizers would now be using the Republicans to push their cause. Until Goldwater ran opposite LBJ in 1964, they hadn’t voted Republican for 100 years! Their “Southern Democrat” senators and congressmen were typically re-elected for 40-50 years, and attempted to block all civil rights legislation. They finally began to die off in the 1960’s.

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