Barbour says Confederacy flap not worth ‘diddly’

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW ORLEANS

The dustup over Virginia’s proclamation for Confederate History Month seems like a lot of noise over something that “doesn’t amount to diddly,” Mississippi’s governor said in an interview aired Sunday.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, apologized for leaving out of his proclamation any reference to slavery. He added language to the decree calling slavery “evil and inhumane” after being criticized for reviving what many Virginians believe is an insensitive commemoration of its Confederate past.

Fellow GOP Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi said he doesn’t think the proclamation was a mistake.

“To me, it’s a sort of feeling that it’s a nit, that it is not significant, that it’s not a — it’s trying to make a big deal out of something (that) doesn’t amount to diddly,” Barbour said in the interview aired on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Last year, Barbour issued a similar proclamation in his state that did not mention slavery. He also noted that his state has a holiday, Confederate Memorial Day, which has been maintained by Democratic and Republican governors and the state’s majority-Democratic legislature. The state also honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day in January.

Barbour said he was not aware of any complaints that the holiday was offensive.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/11/2090797/barbour-says-confederacy-flap.html#ixzz0ktBS44GI

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