It Was Overblown By the Media

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Inexcusable Mistake – Media Was Right

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In a Proclamation of Confederate History month, Bob McDonnell failed to directly mention slavery. Big Mistake?


Posted by in Politics / News on 4/10/10
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DollyFan - 7/25/11 @ 10:53 PM:
It may have been stated to the elusion of slavery but there is no reason not to say slavery. It's part of our history that we may be ashamed of but we should learn from our mistakes and not just try to quietly let our errors slip by. The war is mostly remembered as the South wanting slavery to continue and the North wanting slavery to be abolished but it was really about the national government trying to hold the nation together and not let states succede from the Union. The nastiness and unfairness of slavery just causes that to be the issue that most people take away from such a death filled war that turned many brothers against brothers.

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Olivia Newton - 4/21/10 @ 9:58 PM:
Although most people remember the Civil War being fought over slavery, it really was about states' rights.The issue of slavery is what most people remember. And when speaking of the bad 'ole meanies in the South who had slaves, there were plenty of Yankees who had them, also. Thomas Jefferson for one.
Another point: These slaves were sold by their own people in Africa. While I am against slavery of any kind, it is unfortuantely still taking place in the world. Let's not single out the South when the mention of slavery is brought up.

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Sarah Forester - 4/14/10 @ 6:59 PM:
what isn't overblown by the media???

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The Boss - 4/10/10 @ 8:57 AM:
"WHEREAS, this defining chapter in Virginia's history should not be forgotten, but instead should be studied, understood and remembered by all Virginians, both in the context of the time in which it took place, but also in the context of the time in which we live, and this study and remembrance takes on particular importance as the Commonwealth prepares to welcome the nation and the world to visit Virginia for the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Civil War, a four-year period in which the exploration of our history can benefit all;"

This is a direct quote from the original proclamation. This paragraph says quite a bit in my opinion.
LIBERAL - 4/10/10 @ 12:40 PM: Ally | Side A
The statement you typed may not directly say "slavery", but it certainly eludes to it in my opinion. One does not have to mention the word itself in order to realize that the Civil War was for the most part fought over this particular subject. I think this was just a mistake, and nothing more. The media has always had a nasty habit of blowing things out of proportion simply to boost ratings, and that's exactly what they've done here.
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