Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Praise the confederacy, ignore the slavery.

You can see why the state legislature would prefer not to apologize for slavery - it would interfere with their efforts to praise the confederacy:

A week after civil rights groups called on the General Assembly and Gov. Sonny Perdue to apologize for slavery, a key Senate committee will consider a bill today that would designate April as Confederate History and Heritage Month.

Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) is the main sponsor of Senate Bill 283, which would encourage Georgians each April to honor the Confederacy, its history, soldiers and the people who "contributed to the cause of Southern Independence."

The bill also encourages the Georgia Civil War Commission to develop a curriculum to teach Georgia's Confederate history in elementary and high schools, as well as colleges and universities. It is scheduled for a hearing today.

"It's only appropriate that we pay tribute to this important part of American history and our state's history," said Mullis, whose hometown was the site of a major Civil War battle in 1863.

. . . . The prospects for Mullis' bill aren't clear. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who is president of the Senate, said through a spokeswoman Wednesday that he had not yet read it. House Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) also said he had not yet seen the bill, but added, "I believe we should study all of Georgia's history."

Of course, we should study Georgia's history. But it should be the history of Georgia, not the fiction of "Southern independence."