Apr 13, 2010

Mississippi Lawmaker Says Confederacy, Slavery Can’t Be Separated

Jackson, Miss.

A Democratic Mississippi lawmaker says it was wrong for Republican Gov. Haley Barbour to proclaim April as Confederate Heritage Month without mentioning slavery.

Rep. Robert Johnson of Natchez says people need to learn about the "abhorrent, violent, depraved actions of slavery."

Cecil Fayard, national chaplain for Sons of Confederate Veterans, says he agrees with Barbour’s proclamation, which says groups should publicize the "rich heritage" of the Confederacy.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell last week revised his proclamation for Confederate History Month to denounce slavery as "evil and inhumane."

Barbour told CNN that slavery was bad, but a fuss over McDonnell’s original proclamation "doesn’t amount to diddly."

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