Confederate History Month in Virginia?

Washington Post columnist Colby King on the Confederacy's legacy in Virginia and the impact of that "shameful era in American life."

Alex Wong/Getty Images

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to recognize April as Confederate History Month in the Commonwealth is within his rights as governor. He also is at liberty to word the proclamation any way he wants. But he cannot change the history of that shameful era in American life.


The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.