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Discussing Confederate History Month in Virginia - Part 2

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Last week's discussion regarding the establishment of "Confederate History Month" in the state of Virginia has prompted me to continue the discussion for another week. Here is why. This month Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proclaimed April as Confederate History Month and the controversy has ensued. Most derided his omission of mentioning slavery as a major cause for the Civil War, and amongst further outcries he decided to include the mention of slavery as a part of the Confederacy. Despite the absurdity of omitting slavery from the Confederacy, and the emotional scars that the Confederacy invokes for many Americans, I think this controversy is much deeper than the inclusion or omission of slavery. The Confederacy tried to destroy many of the principles that have made America what it is today, and additionally the President of the Confederacy was convicted of treason. Should elected American officials be able to demand the celebration of a treasonous organization that tried to destroy many of the principles of modern day America? That is what we will discuss today. Please join us this week to let the country know what African Americans think about the establishment of "Confederate History Month".