GOP Candidate for VA Gov: Confederate Flag Has Nothing to Do with...

GOP Candidate for VA Gov: Confederate Flag Has Nothing to Do with Racism, Slavery


The need for some to hold on to a period of American history that included the torture, human degradation and enslavement of other people remains shameful. Yet some have attempted to revise the history of America’s civil war period as if it was the romantic vision seen in the first few scenes of Gone With the Wind. The need for various Republicans (…do any Democrats do this? No.) to give energy to that fantasy is re-emerging with Donald Trump and Steve Bannon sitting in the White House.

A few weeks ago it was Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King. This time around it’s a Republican running for Governor of Virginia as candidate for Governor Corey Stewart just HAD to declare that the confederate flag isn’t about racism or slavery on April 8 at an event called, you guessed it, the “Old South Ball.” 

The confederate flag isn’t about racism or slavery said Stewart. Nah. You would think that the deaths of over 620,000 warring over slavery would be enough to put that question to rest. Apparently not.

When one of Virginia’s Republican candidates for Governor feels the need to say, 152 years after the end of the civil war, that Virginia is, “the state of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson” and “I’m proud to be next to the Confederate flag” what does it say about the modern Republican Party? 

Stewart went on to brag about how he brought a woman forward at a Roanoke rally who was holding a confederate flag. He then says, as seen on a video provided by Lowell Feld and Blue Virginia, that

“That flag is not about racism folks. It’s not about hatred. It’s not about slavery. It’s about our heritage.  It’s time that we here in Virginia — if we don’t do it here in Virginia who else will — it’s time that we stop running away from our heritage. It’s time that we embrace it. It’s time that we embrace our history and embrace out heritage and we take back Virginia.”

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke


  1. When niggers knew their place they didn’t commit but a fraction of the violent crimes they do today. They didn’t DARE commit a crime against a White person. THAT’s what we need to get back to. You niggers need to be put back in slavery.

    • It must really be lonely sleeping on your mother’s couch, playing tough guy on the internet, with your dog eared copy of the Turner Diaries in your sweaty hands. Few friends, if any, and far too much time engaging in sticky encounters with yourself. Get a job, read something other than Mein Kampf, grow up, and then maybe, just maybe, you’ll become a contributing factor in the greater scheme of things.