A Stab in the Chest, From Bob McDonnell

It is so disheartening to scroll the social pages of Facebook and Twitter and hear about the latest thing that VA Governor Bob McDonnell has done. Where I was interested in what my friends were up to I am now infuriated by the latest headline or should I say proclamation. April is now Confederate History Month.

Within this proclamation at no point is slavery mentioned. I’m not even sure where to start with my thoughts as they flood my mind replaying the racism that I deal with everyday, the arguments that I have gotten into regarding the matter of color, and the confederate statue that is on Main street big and bold downtown Norfolk.  Frequently I am reminded by white friends that slavery is abolished and that we are in a better place. “Look you’ve got a black president.” When I explain that a black president does not put an end to decades of racism, I am met with a look of confusion. I told a white man once that black people are met every day with a form of racism. Explaining that sometimes doors (opportunities) that would normally be afforded to him may not necessarily be open for us. I admitted that we are moving in a direction of equality but it is definitely not there yet. It was going to take some time. His response, “Well how long do you need?”

I’m interested to know how many Jewish Americans would care to have a Natzi History Month that outlined the brave soldiers that followed the word of one man to the letter only to tragically fail in the end. Keep in mind this is America and I know there are decedents of the Natzi party present. What if one day they wanted to honor their forefathers?   I’m interested to know how many World War Veterans would be delighted to see our Japanese American fight for a Statue that honors their ancestors who bombed Pearl Harbor.

Now I may be stretching a little but the thought of it is horrifying. Now, when we finally are getting to a place of real change we take a leap back.  Furthermore, and for me one of the biggest arguments, how many of you knew that in 2009 the Senate Approves Resolution Apologizing for Slavery? Not many. It was in passing. It was meant to “acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery, and Jim Crow laws,” and “apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow laws.” Because it was a nonbinding resolution it did not have to be forwarded to the President for his signature. What kind of half a*& apology is that? Not the whole Government, just the senate.  In 2007 VA apologized for slavery as a symbolic gesture to the people on the grounds of the former Confederate Capital. Wow, and in 2010, three years later VA rescinds that apology with an act of ignorance and disregard.

Write with me to the Governor and let your voices be heard. This is a Travesty.

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  1. thatdude says:

    Update: Due to the uproar it looks like Bob McDonnell has updated the Proclamation to at least include a mention of slavery.

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