Black S.C. Lawmaker Asks For Confederate Holiday

February 4, 2009

South Carolina (ChattahBox) – In a state that still feels a deal of racial tension, an African American lawmaker has requested that a Confederate holiday be honored as a paid day off.

The bill, which has passed initial hearings, is hoped to work in tandem with other holidays, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day (which Democratic Sen. Robert Ford also had made into a paid holiday), to promote awareness of the South’s past.

“If you go out there in real South Carolina, it’s hatred, and I think we can bring our people together,” Ford said in an interview, when asked why it was important to honor both the Confederate, and the Civil Right’s movement.

“Every municipality and every citizen of South Carolina, should be, well, forced to respect these two days, and learn what they can about those two particular parts of our history.”

It is hoped that through this holiday the true past of the South can be taught, as it has been found that even Southern school systems do not teach an accurate portrayal of either civil rights, or the Confederate side of the Civil War.

But not everyone is happy about the bill.

“Here Senator Ford is talking about the importance of race relations by forcing recognition of people who did everything they could to destroy another race — particularly those that look like I do,” Lonnie Lonnie Randolph, of the NAACP, said.

“You can’t make dishonor honorable. It’s impossible.”


One Response to “Black S.C. Lawmaker Asks For Confederate Holiday”

  1. Carl Roden on February 5th, 2009 5:06 pm

    Lonnie Randolph and his organization wouldn’t understand “honorable” if it bit them right on the behinds! I applaud Senator Robert Ford for his actions and pray that the Legislature approves.

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