“Dixie.” Whistled by Sen. Jesse Helms while standing next to the first [and only] African-American woman elected to the Senate, Carol Moseley-Braun.
O, I wish I was in the land of cotton
Old times there are not forgotten
Look away! Look away!
Look away! Dixie Land.
Look away! Really? Should we ‘look away?’Apparently the Republican governor of Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy, wants us to look away. Look away from SLAVERY. He forgot to mention the word. Well, he said that he forgot. Lots of politicians these days find themselves apologizing and ‘forgetting.’
Slavery- as if it never happened.
Gov. Bob McDonnell declared April ‘confederate awareness month’ in a proclamation urging citizens to spend the month recalling Virginia’s days as a member of the Confederate States of America.
But not those slave days.
USA Today writes,
Virginians must surely be embarrassed by Gov. Bob McDonnell. The man who now presides in the erstwhile capital of the Confederacy might not grasp that slavery was the central cause of the Civil War.
Reviving a noxious tradition that his recent predecessors had dropped, McDonnell on Tuesday declared April to be Confederate History Month, and nowhere in his proclamation’s 353 words was slavery even mentioned. That takes quite an effort. Asked why he had omitted the word, McDonnell said he wasn’t “focused” on that aspect.
Wasn’t focused on slavery. It was, rather, freedom. The Sons of Confederate Veterans, the group that sought the proclamation from the governor, declares, “The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South’s decision to fight the Second American Revolution.”
The Second American Revolution. Fought for FREEDOM! The freedom to own slaves.
“Old times there are not forgotten.”