Mississippi Governor Declares April ‘Confederate Heritage Month,’ No Slavery Mention

by Donna Ladd  |  published on February 29, 2016

Two weeks before the Mississippi Legislature allowed 19 state flag bills to die in committee, Gov. Phil Bryant took out a pen and signed an official governor’s proclamation, declaring the month of April “Confederate Heritage Month,” a routine occurrence in Mississippi and several other southern states.

The proclamation, which does not appear on the State of Mississippi’s website with other proclamations, such as about emergency inclement weather, is posted on the website of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which is ferociously against changing the Mississippi flag to remove the Confederate battle flag—which supporters like to call the “Beauregard flag”—from its canton.

SCV is also an organization that pushes revisionist history about the Civil War and the reasons the Confederacy formed, such as selling books by James Ronald Kennedy and his twin brother Walter Donald Kennedy at Jefferson Davis’ Gulf Coast home, Beauvoir, which SCV manages. The Kennedy brothers are founding members of the League of the South. These organizations stand in strong denial of the reasons the Confederates themselves said they seceded, joined the Confederacy and started the war—to maintain slavery, extend it to new states and force the return of fugitive slaves who had made their way to free states.

On Bryant’s gubernatorial letterhead, the proclamation starts out by explaining that April is the appropriate month to honor Confederate heritage because it “is the month in which the Confederate States began and ended a four-year struggle.” It adds that the state celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on April 25 to “recognize those who served in the Confederacy.”

  • gf

    One of the last Southern Governor’s, with courage. Most of the rest, are into the PC thing. I am looking at you, Nimrata Nikki Randhawa.

  • ADRoberts

    The Civil War was not about slavery. It was about States Rights and the effort of the North to force the South to pay for the cost of government.
    Who made it about slavery? Lincoln did. WHY? Because he was about to lose most of his army as their one year enlistments were about to end. The “Emancipation Proclamation” was about keeping those soldiers in the fight And it did not free a single slave. WHY? Because at that time, the South was an separate nation and his “proclamation” had no standing in the south. ANd his “proclamation” did not free a single slave in the North. Does anyone wonder why? Because Lincoln was NOT really against slavery. It was just a DEVICE to keep his army.

  • Citizentobe

    Just tremors of imminent secession…..

    • ADRoberts

      I wish. No, Obama would attack, just like Lincoln did.
      Lincoln’s actions and only LIncoln was responsible for the deaths of ONE MILLION people. And for what? His pride? To punish the South for not paying for the cost of government?
      It was about POWER. The desire for control that is the basis of ALL SIN.

  • TOM

    I am glad one governor had the balls to stand up for the south’s heritage. Right Nicki. It is about history, not race. At least Bryant didn’t crumble to the politically correct idiots.

  • judge45colt

    its time some one stands up to the naacp, blacks etc. if they don’t like the Confederate flag, they probably don’t like the American flag either. it was born out of rebellion against the british

    • ADRoberts

      You must have seen the videos where the blacks are the ones stomping on the American flag. Yes, they show themselves for what they are. THey ae just as full of HATE as the muslims are.

  • carpkiller

    They never will bro. Sad but true.

  • Upaces

    On one side of my fireplace, I have the American Flag.
    On the Other side is the Confederate Flag.
    I realllly wish people would understand that the Civil War was NEVER about Slavery.

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