Recently, Mississippi governor Phil Bryant, on a website called Sons of Confederate Veterans, proclaimed April to be “Confederate Heritage Month.” The reaction was...mixed. Clay Chandler, the governor’s director of communications, told the Times-Picayune in Mississippi:
“Like his predecessors – both Republican and Democrat – who issued similar proclamations, Governor Bryant believes Mississippi’s history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be.”
The “complicated” part, of course, being slavery, which both the governor’s proclamation and the planned “Confederate Memorial Day”on April 25th fail to mention. Chandler went on to say:
“Like the proclamation says, gaining insight from our mistakes and successes will help us move forward.”
Despite all of the totally rational reasons to not “proclaim” a Confederate heritage month, Mississippi really went through with it. White people can be astonishing sometimes.