Last April Virginia governor Robert McDonnell ignited a big fuss when he declared April “Confederate History Month” in Virginia. Several bloggers, including yours truly, criticized the view of Civil War history contained in the proclamation. Other critics seized upon the governor’s omission of slavery, and that became the subject of most of the commentary, including humorous remarks.
Governor McDonnell quickly apologized for omitting slavery, a shrewd political move. The apology drew the ire of Virginia’s SCV organization, as could well be expected. One SCV chapter issued its own proclamation. Undeterred, in September the governor took the opportunity offered by an invitation to make some opening remarks at a conference in Virginia to show that he had indeed learned something from the whole affair about history as well as politics: “Next April our office will issue a ‘Civil War in Virginia’ proclamation commemorating the beginning of the Civil War in our state.”
It’s April 2011.
No word yet from the governor’s office.
Look, guys, issuing such a proclamation on April 1 might send the wrong message. Issuing it on a slow news day … today … when so many people are more interested in the fortunes of Virginia Commonwealth University’s basketball team than in history would be unfair to both parties. I doubt he’d issue it on Sunday, because that would be rubbing it in to the SCV on the 146th anniversary of the fall of Richmond.
There’s always Monday … unless VCU makes it to the championship game. Let’s just say the governor knows that April 9th is out as well. If you need to ask why …
The proclamation watch continues.