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April 8th, 2010
09:51 PM ET

The Teaser

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:30AM Who are this week's Wingnuts? John Avlon joins us with his picks.

7:30AM What do Virginians think of Confederate History Month? We'll ask Matthew Whitworth, a student at UVA, and Iman Shabazz, from the Richmond Peace Education Center.

7:50AM Pay-for-grade: Should cash be used as a reward for good grades? We'll take a look at this surprising new study with Time Magazine Contributor Amanda Ripley.

8:10AM The always fabulous Candy Crowley joins us for our weekly wrap of the political headlines.

8:30AM Joking, chuckling, jeering – while gunning down a group on the ground in Iraq. How do you explain this behavior – caught on a recently leaked tape? We'll ask Psychiatrist Dr. Paul Ragan.

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  1. Matt

    Honestly, I don't find Mr. Whitworth's views to be offensive or racist in any regard. To an extent I agree with him. The very fact is that the civil war is an extremely important part of Virginia history. It is a common misconception that the civil war was fought entirely over slavery. As a matter of fact, the issue of slavey was just the breaking point after a large culmination of issues and disagreements spanning over several years, the most prevelant of which , as Mr. Whitworth said, was over state sovereignty. One can argue that the Confederacy were merely a ban of traitors but I don't believe this is so. Had the Confederacy won the civil was they would have been seen as patriots and revolutionaries, not disimilar to the way America following the defeat of the British in the American Revolution. Furthermore, I don't think Mr. Whitworth didn't want to discuss slavery or the Holocaust, but rather that in some cases it is irrelevant. The civil war was about much more than slavery similar to the way that World War 2 was more than the persecution of Jews in Axis controlled Europe. People sometimes forget that World War 2 spanned several continents and went far beyond the conflict in Europe. In my opinion it is great that people can celebrate Confederate history proudly without being persicuted by the government. Whether it is right or not, their right to do so is protected under the constitutional right to free speech and that in itself makes me proud to be an American.

    April 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  2. Eric

    Thank you for having Matthew Whitworth on your show this morning. He clearly made the point that the Confederate soldiers should not be celebrated in America. They were traitors and when have we ever as a nation celebrated traitors. We don't celebrate Benedict Arnold month. His comment about not discussing the Holocaust when talking about WWII was code for White Supremacy beliefs which I believe the host missed and could have challenged him on. So, you have a person who doesn't want to discuss slavery or the Holocaust. The basis of his beliefs is whatever ill happened to people is irrelevant and the monsters that caused numerous deaths should be celebrated. Final point, the Confederacy worked with other foreign governments against their government. Would any Republican celebrate any group which worked against the U.S. to defeat our country? So the governor is pandering to uneducated and ill informed groups of Virginians, who are now talking about succession from the U.S. like Texas Governor Rick Perry and all of them, should be considered traitors just like Benedict Arnold and Confederate Soldiers.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:58 am |