Friday, January 19, 2007

Happy Birthday Robert E. Lee

Something about this article caught my eye.

Lee's Birthday to Be Commemorated in Va.


RICHMOND, Va. - History buffs still captivated by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee nearly 150 years after the Civil War planned lectures, a banquet and artillery salutes to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.

While many Southern groups revere him, the glorification of Lee and the Lost Cause strikes a raw nerve among others in a state that still has a "Lee-Jackson Day" to commemorate Lee and another Confederate war hero, Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson.

State NAACP director King Salim Khalfani said he doesn't have a problem with those who mark Lee's 200th birthday "as long as public dollars aren't used for promoting the Lost Cause."

Notice the AP news writer (I use that term loosely) and the NAACP mouthpiece both use the same terminology for the civil war and she capitalized it as well. Now I am no defender of those that want to re fight the war or like to decorate their trucks with the Confederate battle flag but I don't think I like her tone. But after all down here it is still called the War of Northern Aggression.

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