Big storm brewing in Georgia?

Big storm brewing in Georgia?

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    Big storm brewing in Georgia?

    Just heard that the GA legislature have passed a bill designating April as 'Confederate History Month'.

    I'm sure we all agree that this is a loaded subject depending on which side of the political and ethnic divide you sit, I'm not passing judgment and don't wish to see this thread disappear under a racial argument.

    Heritage is something to be proud of, history is something to be remembered. That is why Black History Month exists in my opinion.
    But I can't help feeling that CHM will be deemed divisive and confrontational by the same people (of any skin color) that see BHM as inclusive and constructive.

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    A bill that would permanently establish April as Confederate History and Heritage Month in Georgia sailed through a Senate committee Thursday without any opposition.

    Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga), the sponsor of Senate Bill 283, told the Senate Rules Committee that the proposal would help promote tourism in the state and preserve an important part of the state's and the nation's history.

    "I'm not doing this for controversial reasons, but to commemorate a struggle that happened," said Mullis, whose North Georgia hometown was the site of a major Civil War battle in 1863.

    The proposal has offended some civil rights leaders, who last week asked the Legislature and Gov. Sonny Perdue to offer a symbolic apology for the state's role in slavery.

    The Rev. Francys Johnson, the NAACP's Southeast region director, said the organization is "vehemently opposed" to Mullis' bill and finds it hypocritical.

    "At the same time that the proponents of this bill want to deny any responsibility for state sanctioned and sponsored slavery from 1755 to the end of the Civil War, they still feel the responsibility to honor the treasonous conduct of the Confederacy. It doesn't seem like you can have it both ways. You can't honor the past and not take responsibility for it."


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    Yeah, Its going to be a storm all right. I dont really understand why though, it is a huge part of our history and it should not be forgotten.
    Its not a racial or political issue, its simply an issue of history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0.02 View Post
    Just heard that the GA legislature have passed a bill designating April as 'Confederate History Month'.

    But I can't help feeling that CHM will be deemed divisive and confrontational by the same people (of any skin color) that see BHM as inclusive and constructive.
    You said something there. Not wanting to stray off topic, I'll just say, I'd like to see that pass there and here in VA.

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    Oh brother, here we go again. First it was the state flag, now it is this. My people have been in the south since 1754 and I had a great great great grandfather that rode and fought in General Wheeler's Cav. (I have copies of the muster roll) but damn.....can we just give it a rest? This is going to be divisive and make the South and Georgia look bad to the rest of the country. The average American school kid gets plenty of Civil War history in their class. We don't need an entire month dedicated to The War of Northern Aggression. The are plenty of re-enactment groups and SOCV (Sons of Confedrate Vets) that remember and memorialize the conflict. There are tons of markers and statues memorializing the Confederates all throughout the state.
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    More power to them. I sure wish TEXAS would follow suit. I'm very proud of my ancestors that fought and died fighting for what they believed in. Decisive ? Yes, but those that will be whining about something that ended 150 years ago don't seem to be willing to lift a finger (or even mention) to put a stop to slavery in today's world. After a wonderful month of bHM, there shouldn't even be a whimper. If they don't like it, do what they did to South Carolina. Sure hasn't hurt them.

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    This is definitely a hard subject and also from my personal point specially since i live here and my girl goes to school here..
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    Whistling Dixie with a smile! Good idea Georgia!
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    Doc, I don't know about your school district, but the one I grew up in, the one my wife grew up in and my son's were/are all sorely lacking on history in general, let alone the Civil War.

    I suspect the average American school kid gets more time being taught about global warming or AIDS than the Civil War.

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    I like it

    Sen Mullis is from my district and I have no problem with Confederate Heritage Month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan View Post
    Doc, I don't know about your school district, but the one I grew up in, the one my wife grew up in and my son's were/are all sorely lacking on history in general, let alone the Civil War.

    I suspect the average American school kid gets more time being taught about global warming or AIDS than the Civil War.
    99% of high-school age kid will tell you that the Civil War as about ending slavery, very sad indeed. The history of this nation is disappearing all in the name of political correctness and special interest.
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    I was born in LA, my mom and dad's families were from ME and NY (respectively) and I've lived here in TN and GA for the last 30 years or so - growing up as an Air Force brat gives a pretty unique perspective on different parts of the country.

    "Confederate History Month" is definitely going to be a powder keg with strong feelings on both sides of the issue. Who's right and who's wrong? Maybe both, maybe neither. I just hope it doesn't lead to violent confrontations. I can easily see protests from the NAACP as well as KKK rallies resulting from this and I think it's going to very, very ugly indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean3 View Post
    I was born in LA, my mom and dad's families were from ME and NY (respectively) and I've lived here in TN and GA for the last 30 years or so - growing up as an Air Force brat gives a pretty unique perspective on different parts of the country.

    "Confederate History Month" is definitely going to be a powder keg with strong feelings on both sides of the issue. Who's right and who's wrong? Maybe both, maybe neither. I just hope it doesn't lead to violent confrontations. I can easily see protests from the NAACP as well as KKK rallies resulting from this and I think it's going to very, very ugly indeed.
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    KKK and NAACP should stay out of it...hell if anyone can have a La Raza day, Black Pride day, Gay Pride day, then why can't the South have a Southern Pride day???
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    Quote Originally Posted by airbornerangerboogie View Post
    KKK and NAACP should stay out of it...hell if anyone can have a La Raza day, Black Pride day, Gay Pride day, then why can't the South have a Southern Pride day???
    Don't get me wrong, I agree with you but I figure even the ACLU will somehow have their panties in a wad over this one - Hell, it's what they live for. The formal organizations are where I foresee the biggest problems coming from - right or wrong, they have their own agendas to promote.

    At the same time, had they called it Southern Pride Month I don't think the backlash would be quite as vocal as it will be with Confederate History Month. Semantics sucks but it very much influences society's take on things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
    We don't need an entire month dedicated to The War of Northern Aggression.
    As a modern day carpetbagger, I just love that comment!

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    They should do away with all those stupid history months and just make one American History Month. I guess things have changed, but when I was growing up we were all Americans.
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