RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Governor Bob McDonnell has gotten a lot of criticism this week for leaving out slavery in a proclamation calling April, Confederate History Month. Even President Obama called it an unacceptable omission.
But once the governor said he apologized for offending anyone, a footnote condemning slavery was added. But the footnote is now the center of even more controversy, now coming from the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
"No one is saying slavery is not a big issue in the mid 1800's but there was also terrorists, state's rights, there was constitutional issues," said B. Frank Earnest of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The altered proclamation states that the institution of slavery led to the civil war. The Sons of Confederate Veterans took it as - confederate soldiers went to battle for the "sole" purpose of keeping slavery alive.
"We don't have a problem with saying it was an issue but that's not what every soldier in the confederacy was fighting for," said Earnest.
The NAACP wants the governor to repeal the proclamation entirely.
"If he really wants to apologize he will repeal it," said King Salim Khalfani of the NAACP.
The NAACP agrees the institution of slavery was not the only thing that led to the civil war, but still disapproves of the argument.
"I'm not surprised. I think it's a very disingenuous argument," said Khalfani.
And while the Sons of Confederate Veterans still welcomes the dedicated month.
"The only sticking point we have is don't think that's the only thing our ancestors fought and died for," said Earnest.
The NAACP wants the whole thing to go away.
"They need to be a private entity and do their thing with their own monies," Khalfani said.