Obama: Virginia Governor’s Slavery Omission ‘Unacceptable’

April 9, 2010  |  

(CNN.com) — Virginia’s proclamation of Confederate History Month without any reference to slavery was unacceptable, President Obama said in an interview broadcast Friday.

“Well, you know, I’m a big history buff. And I think that understanding the history of the Confederacy and understanding the history of the Civil War is something that every American and every young American should, should be a part of,” he told ABC in an interview taped Thursday. “Now, I don’t think you can understand the Confederacy and the Civil War unless you understand slavery. And so, I think that was a – an unacceptable omission. I think the governor’s now acknowledged that.”

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