Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Oh, Right…Slavery!

Via TPM:

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has apologized for not including any mention of slavery in his proclamation declaring April “Confederate History Month” and added an extra clause to the proclamation.

“The failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake, and for that I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed,” McDonnell wrote in a statement. “The abomination of slavery divided our nation, deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights, and led to the Civil War. Slavery was an evil, vicious and inhumane practice which degraded human beings to property, and it has left a stain on the soul of this state and nation.”

He also added a clause to the proclamation that declares slavery “led to this war.”

As late as this afternoon, Mr. McDonnell was still putting out the line that “Well, yeah, slavery was important, but it wasn’t that big a deal, and it wasn’t the cause of the war.” After the backlash, including from some of Mr. McDonnell’s supporters during the election — and the realization that this could be his Macaca moment if he plans to run for president — I guess Mr. McDonnell did learn something about Civil War history today: the South was very good at a rapid retreat under fire.

HT to TPM for the title.