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Barbour defends Confederate History Month

By Doug Thompson
April 12, 2010

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: Defending slavery (AP)

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, one of the “good ole boys” of the Grand Old Party, dismisses the furor over Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell‘s controversy over resurrecting Confederate History Month in the Old Dominion.

“It don’t amount to diddly,” Barbour told CNN’s “State of the Union” over the weekend.

Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, claims those who criticize McDonnell for re-instituting the observance are “picking a nit.”

McDonnell, a Republican, revived Confederate History Month after two-preceding Democratic Governors put it in mothballs but left out any reference to the shame of slavery. After coming under attack, McDonnell reissued the proclamation, acknowledging that slavery was a reason for the civil war and noting the sordid history.

Mississippi recognizes “Confederate Memorial Day” as a state holiday. Virginia also has a holiday dedicated to the memory of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

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11 Responses to Barbour defends Confederate History Month

  1. Bill Cravener

    April 12, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Oh what the hell, why not, let Virginia have their Confederate History Month if it honors the civil wars southern soldier and makes the white folk happy? My opinion we here in Pennsylvania need a Union History Month. I wonder how well that would go over with the southerners.

    We have as great a reason if not more so to commemorate the Union armies win at Gettysburg and the civil war. I’m darn proud of the fact that I had family who fought at Gettysburg. We chased the Confederates back down south. Damn southern invaders!

    David Cravener,
    Jessee Cravener,
    John Cravener,
    Simon Cravener,
    William Cravener,

    Let’s just not forget the truth behind what that civil war was all about. Least we forget it’s the stars and strips that we salute not that ugly confederate flag.

    • woody188

      April 12, 2010 at 8:57 pm

      Yeah, let’s not forget it was about states rights versus federal power.

      I’d agree with allowing a Union month, except every month is Union month, because history is written by the victor. Same reason we have Black history month and no White history month.

      Actually the men that fought in the Civil War from either side were probably the last real free men in the United States. It’s been all down hill from there.

      • tc

        April 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm

        Wow.

  2. Ben

    April 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    A national study conducted by Mediacurves.com explored opinions of 600 Americans regarding Virginia’s reinstatement of Confederate History Month. Results found that Among political parties, the majority of Republicans (62%) indicated that confederate history should be honored, while the same proportion of Democrats (62%) reported that confederate history should not be honored. In addition, nearly half of the respondents (48%) reported that celebrating Confederate History Month promotes racist ideals.
    More results can be seen at http://www.mediacurves.com/NationalMediaFocus/J7798-ConfederateHistoryMonth/Index.cfm

  3. Carl Nemo

    April 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Hells bells, Barbour is probably a secret member of the “Invisible Empire” and a Grand Wizard to boot. So why should we be shocked concerning his commitment to Confederate history.

    One thing all Americans should share is a moment of silence for the 618,000 men and a number of women that lost their lives in this mindless conflagration all based on economics and not slavery as most would believe. The subject of slavery fanned the flames of the conflagration through Harriet Beecher Stowe’s seminal series titled “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Tom%27s_Cabin

    The true story of the civil war revolved around “King Cotton” and its derivative enrichment of the North, not about those that slaved to pick the cotton in the sweltering sun under the yoke of slavery.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. griff

    April 12, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    “To Americans:

    That some desperate wretches should be willing to steal and enslave men by violence and murder for gain, is rather lamentable than strange. But that many civilized, nay, Christianized people should approve, and be concerned in the savage practice, is surprising, and still persist, though it has so often been proved contrary to the light of nature, to every principle of Justice and Humanity, and even good policy, by a succession of eminent men, and several late publications.” – Thomas Paine, African Slavery in America, 1775.

    Although the Civil War, like most wars, was wholly unnecessary – it would have been cheaper to simply purchase their freedom, as even Abraham Lincoln seriously considered doing – I think it’s important to remember one’s origins and history. Even the parts that make you squirm or, I’m sure is the case with some folks, long for days past.

    No matter what blood line or nationality is yours, you can be rest assured that there’s plenty of darkness in your past. It just so happens that this is relatively recent, and early on in our own short national history.

    If one wishes to commemorate this indecent part of our history, it should be done in the most somber and repentant way. Certainly nothing to celebrate. While southerners, as all Americans, should feel proud of their heritage and the sacrifices made by their forefathers, perhaps ‘southern history month’ would be a more appropriate name for it, if that’s what they wish to celebrate.

    The Confederacy was defined by it’s addiction to slavery, their soldiers no less heroic in their deaths than those of the Union – only that their cause was wrong. That’s the important thing to remember.

  5. griff

    April 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Oops…I think I left out a quotation mark out of the url.

    African Slavery in America.

    • bmclellan

      April 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm

      Griff,
      your logic,
      as always,
      is priceless…Kcah

      • griff

        April 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm

        Ok, so I finally got your last word – reverse Hack! Thanks, but you’re scaring me now.

        • b mcclellan

          April 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm

          I was holding my breath with all faith it was not misinterpreted,
          but all my respect understated.

          Pop said hack if you may, please watch where you spit cause you can’t take it kcah.

          • griff

            April 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm

            What’s ironic about the Civil War is that it was fought by people that didn’t own slaves and probably never would – assuming they survived any way. Mostly poor people who were actually poor because the slaves had their jobs! Goes to show how easy it is.