RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Governor Bob McDonnell is reviving a GOP tradition that had stopped with the past 2 Democratic administrations. He's declared April 2010 as Confederate History Month.
"I wish he would have followed the examples of Governor Warner and Governor Kaine but obviously he has declined to do so," said Senator Don McEachin. "I also find it interesting that while he issues his proclamation there's no mention of slavery."
McEachin is against the declaration and finds it's wrong that some parts of confederate history have been left out. The declaration's purpose is clearly outlined on the governor's website. It states that it's important for Virginians to understand the sacrifices of confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the civil war and recognize how history has led to our present.
"We're honoring the contributions of confederate soldiers and trying to highlight the history of this state during the war," says Brag Bowling, with the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The month was requested by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, an organization that dates back to the late 1800's.
When asked if what he would say to people who think this is a racist celebration, Bowling said "It's ridiculous. We have Lee Jackson state holiday is that racist? All I want them to do is to be able to learn more about the Commonwealth of Virginia and the trials and tribulations and contributions of confederate soldiers to this state."