Confederate History Month controversy

By Diane Walker - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Virginia's governor is under fire for a proclamation that critics say, leaves out an important part of Virginia history. There is no mention of slavery. Former Governor Doug Wilder called it 'mind boggling' and one thing to rally a base, another to destroy history.

Virginia State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple says it's troubling. Whipple, a democrat from Arlington, appeared on MSNBC today. She says the proclamation ought to include civil war history and efforts to abolish slavery.

"It's significant to me and to many, many other Virginians. We can't just erase a part of history by ignoring it and glossing over it. He needs to remember that he is governor of all Virginians and keep that in the foremost in his mind," said Whipple. "Governor McDonnell's proclamation is very troubling to me and many others because it only presents one side of the story."

According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, one of the governor's big supporters -- billionaire Sheila Johnson, is condemning the proclamation honoring confederate history month. She called it 'an insensitive, disregard of Virginia's complicated history'.

The governor says the intent was to honor the sacrifice and bloodshed on Virginia soil and to draw attention to the state's many civil war battlefields. He also said everyone can benefit from exploring the civil war period.

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