No Confederate History Month in Suffolk, Virginia

Mayor Linda Johnson of Suffolk, Virginia rejected the Tom Smith Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans request to designate April as Confederate History Month.  Her reasoning is as follows:

"It is my goal to work towards unity of all Suffolkians … of all heritages,
faiths and ethnicities," her statement read. "All soldiers of all wars that have
fought or died for their cause are to be honored and remembered. We do this on
Veterans Day, Memorial Day and, hopefully, throughout our daily lives."

Meanwhile the North Carolina State Senate passed a resolution expressing "profound regret" for the actions of the state in promoting and sanctioning slavery.  The House will take this issue up next week and is expected to approve it.

And so it goes.

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“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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  • Jim Apr 7, 2007 @ 12:18

    Well, that was an easy out for her, and is the equivalent argument I made relegating Lincoln’s 200th bday to President’s Day only. I would forecast Johnson’s view as spreading from Virginia Beach westward and from Arlington southward reflecting sunbelt migration patterns, and this is a prime example of elements attempting to sweep contentious history under the rug.

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