Civil War was fought over states’ rights

USA TODAY’s editorial blasting Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia for declaring a Confederate History Month appears to be nothing but another opportunity for a biased publication to denigrate a Republican governor ("Blind to history in Richmond," Thursday).

The Confederacy and its history are a very important part of American history. If Americans can honor Black History Month, surely they can honor the history of the Confederacy where thousands of gallant Americans fought to preserve their land from Northern domination and carpetbaggers.

Many historians would disagree with your statement that slavery was the central cause of the Civil War. They would point to the issue of states’ rights as the central cause, and that issue is front and center today. It is time to put the ancient and divisive issue of slavery behind us.

The victim card has been played out, and Americans who happen to be black are no different from Americans who happen to be white or brown. Those who choose to do so can rise to the highest level of American society.

USA TODAY’s editorial states that slavery and segregation are responsible for black America’s entrenched problems.

Star Parker, a noted African-American author and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, disagrees. Calling on her own experience, Parker writes: "A benevolent Uncle Sam welcomed mostly poor black Americans onto the government plantation. … Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare socialism created monstrous moral and spiritual problems. … The legacy of American socialism is our blighted inner cities, dysfunctional inner city schools, and broken black families."

The government is now attempting to do to white families what Parker states it has done to black families.

Franz M. Suhadolnik
Sun Valley, Idaho