McDonnell Apologizes, Adds Slavery Clause
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has now apologized for not mentioning slavery in his proclamation of “Confederate History Month,” and added a clause declaring that slavery led to the Civil War.
WHEREAS, it is important for all Virginians to understand that the institution of slavery led to this war and was an evil and inhumane practice that deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights and all Virginians are thankful for its permanent eradication from our borders, and the study of this time period should reflect upon and learn from this painful part of our history.
As far as I’m concerned, this changes nothing. It’s still an abysmal disgrace that the proclamation exists at all. It was created at the behest of the neo-Confederate group Sons of Confederate Veterans, and they’re not going to be happy about McDonnell’s backing down.