By Michael Pope
After a firestorm of controversy this week following the governor’s declaration, McDonnell issued a written statement this afternoon apologizing to Virginians who were offended or disappointed.
The Virginia NAACP criticized the governor for going too far in celebrating the Confederacy rather than merely recognizing it.
McDonnell now says the abomination that was slavery divided the nation, deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights, and led to the Civil War.
He called slavery an "evil, vicious and inhumane practice which degraded human beings to property," one that "left a stain on the soul of this state and nation."
McDonnell has also amended the declaration to include language addressing the evil of slavery, calling on Virginians to study this period and learn from what he calls a painful part of the Commonwealth's history.