From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/24/maddow-tea-party-apparently-no-longer-embarrassed-to-flaunt-its-racist-neo-confederate-roots/
By David Ferguson
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wednesday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the increasing explicitness with which tea party Republicans are embracing the Confederacy-era South as their cultural touchstone.
Maddow began the segment by discussing the conservative women’s group the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) and their 2010 conference in Charleston, SC, in which attendees were promised “A Southern Experience” by the South Carolina branch of the organization.
“And boy did they mean that!” said Maddow. “They meant a very specific kind of ‘Southern Experience.’”
She then showed photos of the event, which featured white attendees dressed in Confederate regalia and African-American people dressed as slaves. The individual dressed as a Confederate officer in the image is South Carolina’s now-Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell, who in 2010 was still just a state senator.
In South Carolina, it is apparently good for your political career to be seen doing Civil War reenactments, complete with slaves.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), shortly after being sworn in, elected to celebrate Confederate History Month. Unlike past governors, however, he did not mention or make any note of the issue of slavery.
“After a while, after a national kerfuffle,” said Maddow, “McConnell did finally get embarrassed and went back to the commemoration statement and added a reference to slavery.”
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