Haley Barbour Also Neglects To Mention Slavery While Proclaiming Confederate History Month
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has, like Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, proclaimed April Confederate History Month in his state and, like McDonnell did initially, Barbour has ignored the role of slavery in the confederacy. It’s not surprising, given that Barbour said on Fox News Sunday that McDonnell’s omission “doesn’t mean diddly.” This is especially abhorrent given Mississippi’s declaration of secession.
Mississippi’s declaration of secession before the Civil War said: “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery — the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product, which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.”
So will Haley Barbour do what McDonnell did and issue a statement?
Barbour’s office on Monday did not respond to a request by The Associated Press for a copy of his 2010 Confederate Heritage Month proclamation. The Rev. Cecil Fayard, chaplain in chief for the national Sons of Confederate Veterans, faxed a copy to AP.
The proclamation, signed March 15, said it is “important for all Americans to reflect upon our nation’s past to gain insight from our mistakes and successes.”
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