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Tiger Woods during the first round of the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

Tiger Woods during the first round of the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

Tiger Woods: Why do we care?

(CNN) – Tiger Woods came roaring back yesterday after five straight months of scandal.

After his best first-round at the Masters ever, Tiger's two shots off the lead and his seemingly adoring fans are following his every move at Augusta National.

But is it his golf game we care about so much? Our Carol Costello will join us live with some insight. She's asking the question, "Tiger Woods: Why do we care?" Read more

Should Virginia observe Confederate History Month?

It started when Virginia's Governor, Bob McDonnell, reinstated April as Confederate History Month in his state. But during his announcement, the governor failed to make any mention of the word "slavery."

He's apologized, calling slavery "evil and inhumane," but that hasn't stopped the controversy. Matthew Whitworth, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, supports observing Confederate History Month. He'll join us this morning along with Iman Shabazz, vice chairman for the Richmond Peace Education Center, who's against it. Read more

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  1. Melon

    I find the term "African" American extremely offensive and diversive, as I do the terms "Irish" American, "Polish" American, "Mexican" American, "Anything" American. Being American shouldn't be considered second place – to anyone.

    Maybe if Americans all considered them only as Americans we'd be able to come together on more aspects of all our lives.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  2. Roger Welch

    I'm a 60 plus white male. Those folks that think the state acknowlaged celebration of a time in U. S. history that puts forward an idea that even includes slavery is unacceptable. They must not be able to see slavery for their rebel flag. I doubt South Afirca will celebrate aparti anytime soon or how about the trail of tears or wounded knee. There are many events that have occurred that must be acknowledge but not celebrated.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  3. Ed Reining

    If more then half our states cant afford unemployment and so many in the red why isnt anyone talking about what the cost of health care will do for all our economy both state and national. Health Care will surely be the anchor that sinks our economy.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  4. Douglas

    God Bless the West Virginia Coal Miners, their families and the rescuers.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  5. J W Foster

    Looking at this issue as the greatgrandson of a member of the Pennsylvania 72nd Volunteers this is a totally unacceptable action by the Governor of VA. In the south this war is known as the War of Northern Agression well it is actually the War of Southern Arrogance. The war was led by traitors to the United States of America, men who turned their backs on the oaths they had taken to support the Constitution and yet we continue to celebrate these infidels. It was financed by individuals who depended upon slave labor to make their millions. If I were a black Virginian I would feel totallly insulted by this thoughtless celebration. The arrogance has to stop.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  6. Jane - WI

    The constant focus on Michael Steele by the media and Democrats is an attempt to gin up discord within the Republican party in an election year. You'll notice few people are interested in talking about in this, yet the media keeps the story alive. Why has the spending by the RNC been an issue with the media, yet I've seen no investigations into how the DNC is spending it's money? Have they been taking donors to "clubs"? Have they been using the White HOuse helicopters for fundraising purposes? Where is the scrutiny on both sides?

    April 9, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  7. Fwrightjr

    Who cares I am so sick of hearing about Tiger Woods he is just another example of another black sports figure that is having is rear kissed. Only in America can person that cheated on his wife is giving the keys to Agusta. If this had been a white golfer or any other white sports figure he would still be in the dog house so go figure.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  8. Brownsuga

    Dan wow the last time I checked nobody has the real right to claim what we call "America" but the Indians. So please ppl quit telling Blacks to go back when most of yall need to go back. Lmbo and smdh!

    April 9, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  9. carl kimmerle

    Should Virginia celebrate confiderate history month?

    Absolutly! There is nothing wrong with a people learning about history and lifting their heads high for what they did right and learning from what they did wrong.

    Slavery is evil, no one is saying other wise, however there is a lot more to the confederacy and the civil war than just slavery. There was a lot of confederate soldiers who fought and died for their freedom from a tyranical federal government who's main concern was not the evils of slavery but in tariffs and power.

    If the main issue was slavery, why was there slave states fighting in the north? Why did the emancipation proclaimation come near the end of the war?

    The good that founding fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did was more than enough to compensate for the wrongs they did by having slaves. Had the revolutionary war not been won by America we should still remember them.

    The conferacy was fighting for the same freedom as the yankees during the revolution and we should remember that. Abraham Lincoln turned the civil war into a war over slavery to boost morale in the north because they couldn't continue to stomach killing their brothers for the sole purpose of forcing them to pay tarriffs and forcing them to remain in the union.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  10. angela

    Chris Cook,
    I don't believe your comments are at all unifying or have anything to do with the debate on hand - especially realizing that America herself is made up of immigrants. So I pose the same question to you - if you are so bothered by this debate would you like me to purchase a plane ticket for you to return to your mother country?

    April 9, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  11. Nia

    @ Chris Cook you are an idiot! Again check you history. Africa is now and has always been the richest continent, with the most resources, in the world. Had it not been pillaged by Europe and America, who kidnapped and sold into slavery the youngest and strongest Africans, so many African people would not be impoverished. Colonization destroyed the riches of the people. You probably agree with Barbara Bush who said New Orleans should be happy about Katrina.
    Please I beg you learn your history and then make informed comments.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  12. Katie

    I think Virgina should celebrate Confederate History Month . It's part of their history if they like it or not. Men lost their lives fighting because they believed what they were doing was right. Our Nation's capital might be there but it was still declaired a Confederate State durng the war.
    And slavery is taught all the time in schools. I learned about it in elementary, and in high school. We were always taught that it was wrong, but you can't forget... during this time these people thought it was right. I'm not saying that it's right, I'm just saying that you have to understand how these people thought.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  13. Sick and tired of being sick and tired

    Just like the Confederacy is part of american history so is slavery, lets be honest the confederates approved of slavery and fought to keep slavery apart of americas way of life. Yes African Americans has a problem with this situation. Our ancestors was were snatched from the only way of life they knew. African Americans were asked to fight for freedom in a war they really had no understanding of . The biggest downfall of the whole situation is African Americans never recieved their 40 acres and a mule for that infamous war. It is really a bad situation when an individual was born, bred, and raised in a country that and is not considered part of that country. No matter what your color we all bleed red.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  14. Stafford

    The celebration of confederacy month is the celebration of Evil. The celebration of hate. The celebration of Terrorists and Terrorism. What a kick in the ass, a slap in the face for the descendants of slaves, to celebrate their victimization, oppression and brutalization. And all who think that this is an honorable celebration. They are nothing other than racist, haters and undercover KKK members or wannabees. To hell with the soldiers who fought to maintain the continuation of nothing but pure and simple Evil.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  15. angela

    dan
    i find your post offensive, polarizing and negative. From my perspective, this is not a debate about slavery - this has more to do with celebrating the entire history of Virginia during a time period - the good, the bad and the ugly - not just select portions.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  16. COJAC from Lakeland , FL

    Its time to let Tiger move on. It didn't hurt no one but his self. The women who he was with new. So you lay with a dog you get flees sometime. And we wonder way our nation is so polluted look what we feed our people threw the media. Let's move on from this.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  17. Erin

    i think celebrating or even observing "Confederate History Month" would be a good idea if it was not founded on the idea that "the negro is not equal to the white man" and that "slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition." you've got to be kidding me. people only try to prove other's inferiority when they find reason believe that those "others" may be superior. and i guess after a Black man becomes the President people get anxious to prove things. You can't talk about the confederate war and ignore that slavery was apart of it. just like you can't talk about WWII and ignore that the Holocaust was part of it. That's how history gets manipulated and changed. You can't take bits and pieces of history and call it the whole story. Sure it may hurt to be reminded of what white ancestors did to my black ancestors but the celebration comes from understanding and growing from our past. not re-writing it to sound like things were "all good" back in the day... c'mon now. be for real.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  18. Herb

    Ok we know of tigers mistake it's time to get over it and leave it alone. We need to focus on what is going on now. Our goverment and country should be in focus not someones personal life that's 6 months old. Get with it people.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  19. Nia

    @ K.B. If you take a closer look at slavery and its aftermath you will see that poverty IS directly linked to slavery. Share cropping, no voting rights, lynchings...trust me there is not enough space to go into it here. That is exactly what Iman was speaking about. If you get nothing else from this discussion understand this, there was not much progress for Black people between the civil war which ended in 1865 and the civil rights era which began in 1955. Because our history has been so incredibly diluted people are quick to blame those who are struggling for their struggles. Apologies mean nothing without action honesty would be a great first step.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  20. paul

    I'm not sure why you have an issue with rewarding school kids for reading? I paid both our kids an allowance based on chores done during the week, I rewarded both kids for grades and I gave them rewards for going beyond what was expected.

    both kids now understand how quality work can be recongnized.

    by concern with your issues on rewards is that it sounds like you have issues with those that are'nt as succesful! Government approach seems to be to level the scores by making achievement easier.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  21. Janet Warren

    I loved the irony in Sarah Palin's comment about the Arms Treaty. She said that it was like a child on a playground taking a punch in the face and saying they wouldn't retaliate. Isn't that exactly what Jesus told us to do, turn the other cheek.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  22. Douglas

    The U.S. or Union did not ban slavery until well into the war itself. Slavery existed on both sides and to say the South was fighting to keep slavery is just ignorance on the subject. Look Slavery IS, WAS, and ALLWAYS WILL BE AN EVIL INSTITUTION, but if the people can forgive the United States for allowing slavery for over 100 years why cant they do the same for the Confederacy who allowed it for the 4 short years that they were even around?

    April 9, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  23. Nicole

    So, students get paid, but teacers are paid inadequately. I think this is backwards. The reason kids don't achieve is largely due to the lack of parental involvement. I say keep the $1.5mm and work on the parents. Afterall, how much will would the program cost if extended to all students ?

    April 9, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  24. Jim Williams

    If Confederate soldiers are to be indicted for the policies of the Confederate government, then let's apply that same standard to all soldiers. Northern soldiers should be indicted for fighting for Lincoln's unconstitutional acts (e.g. crushing habeas corpus); U.S. soldiers of WW2 should be indicted for fighting for FDR's concentration camps for Japanese-Americans. See how easy? I can do this all day.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  25. Mike

    Tiger has had problems with his home life it's the media that won't leave it alone.. This isn't news, leave the man alone... Babe Ruth is a childhood Icon and he did the same things Tiger did with out media interaction. Things in this country are getting worse do to the media not reporting what is news rather reporting what should be on TMZ or the National Enquirer. I Stopped watching Fox New because I couldn't listen to how Republicans are always right the President is doing a bad job. That TV station is all about opinion not news.. I really don't want to see this station go the same way... Think about it.... If we had debates on bills that there was no TV allowed how much more would get done... We as voter elected the people that are there to do a job, we trusted them to do the job, they should do it with out media involvement ... Lets debate if they did a good job after...

    April 9, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  26. Sick and tired of being sick and tired

    Playing golf has nothing to do with cheating. It is not anyone business who Tiger is doing the wild thing with is between him and Elin. His golf game is for the public, but his marriage is personal.
    We need to get out of this man and his family personal business.
    Why is Tiger taking up all this news space. We have an economical situation that is killing America as a whole. It seems we as americans is more interested in who someone is sleeping with rather than "what is happening with our economy, what is going on with the wars we are constantly fighting, what is going on with american schools, what is going on with the weather, our country is burning on one side and drowning on the other end,what is going on with all these homeless and hungry men, women, and children. It seems with all the issues we face as a country "Why in the world do I or any american who cares about America care who Tiger Woods sleep with

    April 9, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  27. Tam

    In your interview about the Gov. I found it interesting that your supporter was a college student and the opposer was obviously a older(assuming college graduated)professional. A "child" debating an adult. On such an important issue. Just one reason why some African Americans may feel or see themselves devalued or not taken seriously.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  28. Walker Rowe

    Virginia is home to much Confederate history and there is much tourism surrounding that. Half the highways and school here are named Lee or Jackson–battlefields and memorials dot the horizon. The first slave revolt was here–see "Confessions of Nat Turner" by William Styron–and the war itself was has been chronicled by such noted writers as Shelby Foote ("Shiloh") and Tony Horowitz ("Confederates in the Attic"). People not raised in the South (e.g. the flyover states or frozen North) will never understand our whimsical view of Confederate history so why bother to try to explain it to them. As for myself I am proud of the service of my great-great grandfather in the Confederacy. Corned on the battlefield outside Richmond he was rescued by a slave named Foster. Asked why the slave would help those who would enslave him Foster replied that the Yankees had raped his girlfriend. My great-great grandfather took Foster home with him to North Carolina where he lived on the family farm until his death.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  29. Chris Cook

    Instead of complaining, maybe black people in this country should ask themselves if they would be better off today if their ancestors had not been slaves. Anybody want to move back to Somalia or Ethiopia, I am sure we can find money for a ticket.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  30. justin

    This Confederate history month was meant to observe the military history of the Confederacy. I don't think anyone intentionally meant to "leave out" discussion on any certain cause from that time period, there are just certain people today who want to turn any discussion on the Civil War into a discussion about slavery. As a descendant of several Confederate Vets, I am offended every time it gets implied or told that every Confederate soldier fought to defend slavery, and that every Confederate soldier was therefore a racist. Most Confederate soldiers didn't own slaves, and they fought for a variety of reasons, including the North's invasion and plunder of their homeland.
    I see nothing wrong with this observance. However, anything having to do with the Confederacy will always spark modern controversy. Our kids are taught in school that every soldier for this cause were just racists committing treason, like it's really that simple. Doesn't slavery get discussed during Black History Month?. Someone said below that we Southerners would be upset if there were a Union Month. I don't think so. Lets be fair and allow every angle of history a chance to be discussed and observed. Some of us are actually proud of the courage and sacrifices of our Confederate ancestors.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  31. Mark

    Merit pay a proposed by the FL GOP is an exceptionally bad idea. The teachers are forced to teach to the FCATS ( FL Comprehensive Achievement Tests) as it is. Once a merit pay system based on student test scores is implemented we will produce students proficient at taking tests and teachers who are proficient at getting pay raises for aggregate scores, not educating our children. The situation will analogous to the home loan industry before the real estate crash. Lenders were excellent at selling loans, exercising due diligence to qualify the borrower, not so much. We both know how that turned out.

    Finally the myth that teachers can never be fired is overblown and not a valid reason to eviscerate the public education system. Let’s be honest. HB 7189 is a transparent attempt to break the teachers unions, lower teacher pay and ultimately cut the real estate tax base. After the older tenured ( more expensive) teachers are fired we will have a force of low paid temp teachers moving through the system to work off a student loan. Ultimately, the long term beneficiaries of this law will not be the children but real estate developers , large property holders and the wealthy.

    In any case parents are ultimately responsible for the academic performance of their children. If you really want to “think outside of the box” to incentivize education, empower parents and force a real change, give property tax rebates or tuition credits to state universities based on their children’s academic performance. If not and your ultimate goal is to force privatization of public schools, at least be honest and openly say so.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  32. angela

    just a question, how many wars does the US celebrate annually and of those wars what is the purpose of our celebration of those wars?

    From my knowledge the purpose of Memorial Day and Veteran's Day is mainly to celebrate our military or the promotion of world peace.

    I understand this is a state thing but why would a state choose to celebrate and promote a segment of history from a non-inclusive perspective? I'm all for learning history but the entire history and in a way that is inclusive of all.

    Surely the educated people working for the state of Virginia (a state in which I was born) can figure that out!

    April 9, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  33. John

    It is so painfully obvious, the Grand Old Party has a new face in Gov. McDonald. Gov. McDonald is being very effective in expressing the beliefs of the Republican Party, The Tea Party, 1/2 term Gov. Palin and all of those that espouses hatred and divisiveness. Keep it up Gov McDonald You are making the GOP very proud. You are guaranteed a seat at the National GOP table. GREAT JOB!!! Oh Yea, the only thing missing is for you to wrap your self in the confederate flag, at least publicly.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  34. Retta

    Gee. I wonder what the reaction would be if there was a celebration of Nazi History month? Would people say, oh, we need to know more the contributuion of the Nazis to WWII? And, if it was a going to be used as a tourism tool guess who will show up? Hmm! So, who do you think will show up in Virginia? As an African American from Maryland it certainly won't be me and my family.

    Moreover, the timimg of this thing is suspect. Why pick this time when all the hatred, racism, and threats to our leaders have become increasing alarming? To me, this adds more fuel to an already dangerous situation.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  35. c.hendrix

    yes they should be celebrating the history of the confedercy. it is thier right.we have black history month .whats good for one is good for the other.stop being a baby.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  36. Stormrider

    I've been with lots of people socially lately and the only ones talking about Tiger Woods is the news media. He is a popular, really great, wealthy athlete, I hope he wins.. and maybe the focus of the media on his sex life will go away. He is not a preacher, priest, or ahem.. politician all three professions are really really into sex, tallking about it, doing it, keeping others from doing itetc.., , we know how perfect they are.. and besides am I the only one in the United States that thinks golf can be a bit boring..I'd rather watch the final 4 again. (Go Butler!)

    As for the confederacy month in Virginia, Ug! The confederacy, the confederate flag, and slavery is a stain and the flag offends me every time I see it and I"m not black. The two young men that were guests a few minutes ago (for and against).. the young man for it of course was white and one was black, the white one used republican and tea bag code words.., states rights etc.. which means this is just a republican thing and a tea bag thing.. trying to use this as a way to mobilize their voters and race bait and try to be subtle about it. They are simply trying to remind white voters to vote republican. thats all...

    April 9, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  37. D. Contreras

    Why do we need to observe the Confederacy? What exactly are we observing? The fact one race of people who were viewed as inferior was exploited, raped, murdered, butchered, sold like cattle all for the advancement of another race...is that the observance? As far as the reference to the WWII and the Holocaust the guest on the show must be deaf and blind! You don't hear or read about WWII and not come across the mention of the Holocaust or the atomic bomb for that fact. We are going to start observing the day we dropped two atomic bombs on a country and was getting ready to drop a third before they surrendered? Probably not but then this country is much more sensitive to things that happen outside our borders then the things that this country and the "founding fathers" actually did in our borders. But then it all goes back to the mind thought that blacks are inferior and we'll rollover and go along with anything or get ran over and it'll happen anyway. Another black mark on America – figures.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  38. Sandy

    Celebrating Confederate history month is insensitive. We don't need more insensitivity in our world right now.

    What would it be like if Nazi history month was celebrated in Germany?

    April 9, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  39. Sonny R

    CNN, and Carol Costella, remember you may be a reporter and reporting the ills of Tiger and laughing, but remember this, you are a woman and you are married. Like so many people who protested and wanted to impeach President Clinton, look how they have fallen with the same way. Until you are sure that your husbands haven't been involved, don't laugh!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2010 at 7:57 am |
  40. David

    Let Tiger just play golf. the media and news stations need to leave him alone already. so nike made a commercial about Tiger, that means nothing besides they back Tiger and appreciate what he has done for Nike golf, no other company has ever backed an athlete like Nike backs Tiger. Like i always say, watching Tiger is watching greatness, we should appreciate it rather then waiting for him to fall apart.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  41. Dia Taylor

    What a sad world indeed when we choose to focus on the failures of people. To be so judgemental of someone when not one knows all the facts or issues that in this case Tiger Woods was trying to deal with in his life that led to what people consider inappropriate behaviour.

    I wish Tiger all the best in finding peace of mind and to his family who is being monitored 24/7 under a microscope every move, hopefully they find it in their hearts to allow you to move forward to provide you some peace as well.

    I think what we really need to look at is simple. Where do we fail as a society?

    To all the malcontents and hypocrites of this world, open you eyes and put some of your efforts into something of significance that may add value to this world this is in such turmoil.

    Have a great day from Canada.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  42. JJ

    I am a southerner and understand some of why southerners hold on to the Civil War era as a time of some lost world, sort of like a lost Atlantis.

    Like it or not, a lot of southerners still hold a romanticized vision of the civil War era, without giving much thought to the suffering of the Black people. I do believe that many think they came from some lofty plantation without any stench of pain to another person. It is akin to a search for Royal blood. The truth is more that most of us are a strange mixture of many people who came from all walks of life and are ancestors "stank" just as much as we.

    You will often here how well their ancestors treated their slaves. This is a failure to recognize reality. Just how well can you treat someone in slavery? JJ

    April 9, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  43. David Oswald

    All I hear is that he is human that right . Everyone thinks its alright to have a affair that is why everone does cheat. I have never cheated on a women in my life,and poeple who do are sorry. You can not love someone and jump in bed with someone else. He got caught and now he can afford to do what ever he want and it wont hurt him like it would a average joe.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  44. Leo

    Why should we honor the confederate soldier and what he fought for. I think that is the same as Germany honoring the NAZI soldier and what he fought for.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  45. Joseph

    If they want to celebrate Confederate day, let them but my only reservation is the cost to taxpayers. We do not need to be adding new avenues of spending when money is scarce. As far as the black community that has a problem with this, get over it. You do not see the Jewish people complaining every time someone talks about WWII and not mention the holocaust. Yea it happened and we all know it.

    I just hate when people are just looking for a reason to have everyone share their pain for the past. The past is over. Spend your energy on moving forward. Most of us have very sad moments in history that have caused human suffering and trying times. But if we dwell on it it consumes our life. Do not forget but do not obsess. Move forward and who you are is not what happened in the past but what you do today.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  46. Dan

    It's been 150 years since emancipation so stop crying bout it already. This is what makes America weak and keeps the rest of the world laughing at us.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  47. Mark Putnam

    Not all Americans watch Tiger because they want to see him fail. I watch because he publically apologized, submitted himself to therapy, and has asked for our forgiveness. His come back will be an example that we are all human, make mistakes, with humility will be forgiven, and with hard work can recover.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  48. Othello

    If you follow Matthew Whitworth’s suggestion/logic, we would have Germany celebrating the Nazi soldiers, because they fought bravely for what they believed in, and never mention the holocaust. Now think about that for minute.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  49. Melon

    All the people that are hating on Tiger are just jealous of his talent.

    Simple as.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  50. Nia

    Of course slavery should be mentioned when discussing the civil war. after all why did the states want sovereignty, in part it was to continue the institution of slavery. For Matt to call the institution of slavery an evil "event" shows how little regard he has for the people and the descendants of those people who still suffer today. Shall we talk about the 40 acre's and a mule promise that was never kept. If Virginians are will to share the whole truth rather than "White Wash" maybe there will be room for real dialog. I don't think they are ready

    April 9, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  51. K B

    I'm a 39 yr old who has lived in Virginia for most of my life.

    The Governor does NOT represent ALL Virginians!!! I'm SICK of listening to people lump us ALL together!

    The Confederates fought for the WRONG thing...SLAVERY WAS wrong!!!

    I don't know quite what the gentleman, that was on earlier this a.m., in Richmond, was getting at when he kept referring to poor people in Richmond and slavery in the same sentence. WHAT??? The two things don't have anything to do with each other!

    Hundreds of years AFTER the Civil War, people CAN NOT blame their situations on the fact that their ancestors were slaves! Own up your situations!

    I am white...I don't owe ANYONE an apology for slavery!

    It was a horrible thing and is a TERRIBLE stain on our country to this day. MY family didn't even live in the US during the Civil War!!!

    Living in southern Virginia does NOT mean that I support the Conferederates or even the IDEA of the Confederacy!

    "Can't we all just get along???" :o)

    April 9, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  52. WILLIAM

    This will be a controversial subject unless Causians stop the deny deny deny .... I'm a retired Army Officer whose home school is based in/at Fort Lee, VA. ,big time Bigotry. I often ask myself why and give myself the answer that it will NEVER CHANGE.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  53. Al

    Many people do NOT understand that the Holocaust was evil or even what it was. Notice Ahmadinejad gets up and denies it even happened! Can anyone think Slavery, so many scores of decades removed from the present, has any fewer people who don't understand it? We must talk about Slavery first and foremost when we talk about the Civil War and not let it be whitewashed into some bland deception about "States Rights". There was a specific "right" Confederates fought for, the "right" to own other humans, and the "right" to make a lie of our very Constitution when it proclaims "All men are created equal".

    April 9, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  54. Eric

    Tiger is the best golfer ever in my opinion, but that aside, he has never ran for a public office,a priest etc. Quite frankly, as long as what he does remain within the confines of the law, i don't think he owes the general public any moral obligations.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  55. Dan

    Both of my comments have been deleted lol how funny! This is a perfect example of why Fox News is more popular and has higher ratings. Get some real anchors and maybe you will have a chance. GG and the moderator who is deleting my posts needs to get a life and stop being biased when reading these posts

    April 9, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  56. Charlene D

    The civil war was not fought over slavery, it was fought over economics. Fortunately for the slaves they were the southern economy and their emancipation was certain to be the last dagger in the south's side. We should not celebrate confederate history month unless the a true an accurate account is told. The truth of this dark moment in history has been whitewashed with the rhetoric of heritage. Many confederate soldiers died fighting for what they believed in but many more slaves died in flesh and spirit during the 247 years that this country chose to treat them as cattle rather than humans. Our constitution is written with reference to slaves as 3/5 of a man. Lines are through those words but until is rewritten without them, this heritage is still owned by us. You can not just put lines through history.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  57. Jim Williams

    Heh, a "Union Victory Month" celebration by Northern states is not necessary; EVERY day is "Union Victory Day". So why not concede one lousy month to the South?

    As an aside, it was not a "civil war". Look up the definition of "civil war" and see for yourself. This war was the federal government asserting its authority over the states, thus destroying the basis on which the Constitution was built.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  58. Susan Mills

    I am sick to death of all the whining, whimpering, simpering excuses levied on an event (although atrocious) that has been extinct nearly 150 years. All the while no one even notices the modern day slavery that exists in the coal mining industry unless there are a large number of fatalities in a single event. Even then once the shock value wears off, it drops from the collective consciousness of the public. As long as the light switch works miners will be in the acceptable loss category in this country. What a legacy of death and dismemberment would be accepted under any other terms?

    April 9, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  59. Dominic

    .... Tiger's public image has been a series of snapshots ranging from child prodigy, his father's pride and joy, to an insurmountable champion , a hero to many, especially black youth, to a cowering man brought to his knees. We all make mistakes Tiger, be a better role model now and show how you have learned from them. Show the world how you can turn your life around.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  60. Dan

    Anyone who doesn't celebrate American history is not truely American and should go back to his/her country of origin. The African Americans here should stop complaining because if you look at America compared to Africa then maybe they will see that they should be worrying more about that. Let the real Americans decide what they want to celebrate. If they want to gripe about anything gripe about the English because they were the ones who started slavery anyway.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  61. Jeff

    I think the guy had a point, when we talk about WW2 there is no need to mention the Holocaust because we all know it happened just as we all recognize that slavery was an evil in the Confederacy.

    Virginia should be allowed to celebrate Confederate history month for sure. It is a big part of American history and like it or not was a single notion that united the South. Yes it was over slavery primarily (all you have to do is read the confederate constitution) but there were so many other intrusions on state rights they did not agree with that caused this and those should be recognized.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  62. Wayne Redding

    I FULLY SUPPORT Gov McDonnell's proclaimation of Confederate History Month!!!! This is part of our history and should be remembered. The Civil War was fought over the issue of STATE's RIGHTS.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  63. Linda

    It is sad the slavery has been abolished 200 yrs and we are still stuck in time on this issue. Due to the decline of our education system, I believe it is imperative that anytime any war is mentioned, and I mean any of the wars. All significant information such as slavery and confederacy goes hand in hand. We as americans really need to talk openly about all the things we try so hard to sweep under the rug. Here we go again.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  64. Nathan Smith

    I feel if we, as a country, have Black History Month, why can't Virginia, as a state, celebrate Confederate History?

    April 9, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  65. Donald Gallant

    ...I just simply don't understand what all this interest about Tiger's sex life is about. Sure, he's a lousy husband; but what does that have to do with his sporting ability? People argue he's a role model. He's not. He's a multi-million dollar athlete paid to do what he's good at. His marital woes should have absolutely nothing to do with his job-which he does very well. It's NOT OUR BUSINESS!!!

    *(By the way-this also applies to Bill Clinton!)

    April 9, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  66. Richard

    Honoring the Confederacy because they fought for what they believed in is like honoring the Third Reich because they fought for what they believed in.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  67. Jch

    Celebrating the conferderacy plays into divisive politics. It furthers a succesionist cuase by glorify states rights in a crime against humanity. We don't celebrate discord in this country. We might as well embrace the past riots or internment of japanese Americans or any other blight on the past.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  68. Cindy

    As a Yankee, I am offended that anyone is celebrating the Confederacy. The Civil War was the most destructive event in our country's history, even without considering the issue of slavery! Why should people be honored for "fighting for what they believed in" when their beliefs were so terribly wrong? What if today's Tea Partiers decided to take up arms? Would we respect them for it? In fact, the guy who shot the abortion doctor was just standing up for his beliefs. He just got convicted of murder. Standing up for your beliefs, in and of itself, is not deserving of honor. Today, we should be TRYING to get people to be rational, not just "believing". We have all kinds of folks out their with super passionate beliefs based on lies and misconceptions. It is at the root of our current problem of lack of cooperation in Washington. And it is being encouraged and perpetuated by the Republicans.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  69. Grace

    Sure, when people talk about WWII they realize that the Holocaust was a part of it, that's because we talk about it. If we omitted it, people wouldn't know.

    Leaving slavery out of a discussion about the Civil War is just a beginning to rewriting history.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  70. Cathy

    While I don't agree with what Tiger has done, I do believe that his personal life is none of our business. I do appreciate him as a golfer and look forward to watching his awesome talent this weekend!!

    April 9, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  71. Mona Ruggers

    Not being a golf fan, I will be watching Tiger! WHY? He is a great golfer and deserves to regain his position as the greatest! His personal sex life is between him and his wife and is his karma...we are not here to judge! Enough of it...the Nike ad is STUNNING!...my husband will be sooo happy to have me watching golf with him. GO TIGER!

    April 9, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  72. Dale

    Tiger will win for fun.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  73. jblack

    In regards to confederate history month, I think that it should be made aware that confederacy is directly linked to slavery, as a result it shldnt b something glamorized, it shld b made prevelant that confederacy has and contains a dark side

    April 9, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  74. Randy Dreiling

    Who cares about the soap opera starring Tiger Woods? I would rather hear and watch real heros and idols like the brave miners in the West Virginia tragedy!

    April 9, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  75. Andre Walker

    I just saw the CNN segment on Tiger Woods, and why people are watching the Masters. Sure, there are some watching to see Tiger fail; but the vast majority are watching to see 72 holes of great golf. That's why I'm watching; to see golfing greats like Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Fred Couples et al., compete in a tradition unlike any other - The Masters

    April 9, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  76. Jack

    Regarding the Civil War and history comment, being from another country, I am always remembered that this type of war is called in other languages: "brother war". So who wants to fight his brother?

    April 9, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  77. Mike

    Why do I care? Because Tiger is the greatest that golf ever had in it's history. What happened to him, I not saying that it is right, but has nothing to do with golf. I just think that alot of people are trying to drag him down because of this, including the girls he slept with, which I am sure are all getting paid to speak out. He needs to fix this mess with his wife not the whole world. He is the greatest and always will be. People need to stay out of his personal life. GO TIGER!!!

    April 9, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  78. surftab03

    Tiger is human have we all forgot this? I am thrilled he is back. I am hoping he does great. Everyone knows we would not care if this a common person. I personally feel he has paid the price for what he has done and he will probably cotinue to in his personal life. Leave him alone and lets move on.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  79. Jack

    Contrary to Chris' comment, golf is not like paint dry, it is as exciting as watching grass grow. Who cares who this Woods fellow is. He cheated majorly, so you could not trust him in any field.
    Do other major golf great's ever appear with him on TV or in other programs? If not, why not? I would not know, see the first comment.
    Who cares?

    April 9, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  80. John D Gwazdosky

    Please stop all this nonsense coverage of Tiger. What happened in his PERSONAL LIFE, REPEAT THIS – HIS PERSONAL LIFE. so stop going back to the past stories, when the viewer have had enough! Today is Friday – report only what happens today that is NEWS not media make up stories – remember Journalism 101.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  81. Carol

    It is the media whose obsessed with Tiger. I don't even think about Tiger, but I turn on the TV and the one thing you can guarantee we will hear about is Tiger. I love Tiger and the main reason people are watching is because he is a great golfer and we miss seein him play. I do nor watch golf unless he is playing. Sorry PGA!!

    April 9, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  82. Joe in Hagerstown

    Love him or hate him, Tiger Woods didn't commit murder and the sex was with consensual adults. If he was a rock star he wouldn't even be on the Rolling Stone's 'B' team. He's a professional athlete with a lot of time and money. We should all be so lucky.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  83. Paul Zellmer

    No, Carol, I don't hear the Tiger comments at the dinner table or the lunch counter. It's ONLY on the media. This story is *media* driven.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:32 am |
  84. Tim

    Stop being gossip mongers and start being journalists

    April 9, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  85. The Hope Chest

    It is a media thing...you guys are obsessed with Ti\ger. WE DON'T CARE. Start reporting some NEWS, not him. He's a pig and is getting a free pass because of YOU.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:30 am |
  86. Melon

    I am looking for Tiger to win the Masters. He has achieved more in his life than all his haters combined.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  87. chris

    Hilarious!!

    April 9, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  88. KC

    Nike's attempt to save Tiger's reputation with this ad is sickening. All they have done in my mind is taken the low road in the immorality of Tiger and his women and yet again, has given our country and youth another very negative roll model. Just add this to the long list of destructive behaviors which have our teens in such confusion in decisions of morality today. Shame on Nike. We will not support the company again, there are many other competitors to choose from.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  89. Melon

    Tiger didn't do anything that is any of your business.

    You comparing chess and backgammon to golf explains ALOT about your mentality.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:22 am |
  90. Ruthie

    War is always bad. But how will we leave a history arcive for future generations if we do not properly record them. I am not sure about a celebration of any but in this day of technology we need to record information for acuracy of data. Look what we missed in acuracy in past history before you judge how it is recorded.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  91. chris

    LOL @ Melon!! By that logic, Chess and Backgammon would be sports also?? We are getting off topic here....Tiger is a jerk is all I'm saying.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  92. Melon

    Golf is the only REAL sport – one you have to actually PLAY well to earn a living – not sit on a bench watching and earn a paycheck.

    Look at it this way .. at least golf isn't NASCAR (toilet bowl racing).

    April 9, 2010 at 7:03 am |
  93. chris

    Tiger is a Ponzi Scheme in a way. He used the media to develop a "Family Guy" kinda image, thus getting all of these endorsements. A ruse all fabricated to his own selfish ends. Golf isn't a sport anyways. It's like watching paint dry.

    April 9, 2010 at 6:58 am |
  94. Pauly

    I wonder how Virginians would react if northern states celebrated Union History Month. After all, they could celebrate their victory, not a loss. Celebrations are for the victors, not the losers.

    There is little to celebrate in the Civil War however. Americans killing & wounding other Americans is nothing anyone should celebrate. nor are the atrocities committed by both sides in the war. If a state wants to honor those who fought & died in the war, that's one thing. It's another to celebrate the war itself or one side or another. No matter which way you look at it, America lost the war!!!.

    April 9, 2010 at 6:53 am |
  95. Anthony Barnes

    After serving in the navy honorably for 20 years, the best my country has to offer is is a group of people who want to celebrate enslaving my ancestors? WOW!!

    April 9, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  96. Ruthie

    Sure all history should be reported and observed, but facts of that history should not be left out.

    April 9, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  97. Autumn Meadows

    Yeah I am not sure what is going on with Niki. I guess because they think because they stayed by Tiger that they can use him anyway they want that basically he is their well you know..lapdog is a nice word for it. Sadly they did an #epic fail. Personally I am tired of Tiger. We have people dying every day in Afganistan. People becoming homeless still due to the housing situation, unemployement is still not at an acceptable level and what do we talk about constantly..some golf dudes sex life..over and over and over again. Don't we have more important things to do.

    April 9, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  98. Pauly

    Why do we care? We don't!!!! The media is obsessed w/ Tiger & are forcing him on us. Golf fans who are interested in his game can watch the Masters & other tournaments. The rest is an issue between him & his wife.

    Sen Vitter of LA is running for re-election after it was disclosed he visited houses of prostitution. The media is mum on this. He's a sitting US Senator but the media is more concerned w/ the indiscretions of a sports star!!! The media seems to have it's priorities out of whack!!! Vitter's infidelities would also be a matter between himself & his wife except for the fact that prostitution is illegal & lawmakers are supposed to uphold the laws of this country, not violate them!!!!

    April 9, 2010 at 6:24 am |
  99. Melon

    No US state should "observe" a month that honors treason and the deaths of so many Americans.

    April 9, 2010 at 6:12 am |
  100. Melon

    Good Morning Tiger,,, opppss... er .. CNN....

    April 9, 2010 at 6:10 am |
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