As all eyes turn to Lexington, Virginia, for tomorrow’s protest against the decision of Washington and Lee University concerning the display of Confederate flags in the Lee Chapel and Crypt, the Sons of Confederate Veterans has moved quickly to repair a serious image problem. The national organization would prefer to have the experienced Ben Jones speak for the organization over the rather mercurial Brandon Dorsey.
Here’s Jones’s first message concerning the events on Saturday:
Simply put, this is heads and shoulders above this:
Understanding that his initial statement opened the SCV to ridicule, Dorsey attempted to modify his statement, with scant success:
It’s a safe bet that the SCV’s national leadership realizes how Dorsey’s proclamations offer ample opportunity to ridicule the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Jones will make no such mistake. Still, as Jones, a political veteran, knows, if the function of his new job is to put lipstick on a pig, it will not take long for people to figure that out. After all, you don’t want this to be the face of Saturday’s meeting:
I wish Ben Jones the best of luck. He has his work cut out for him.
Remember Cooter from The Dukes of Hazzard?
Of course you do. He was played by actor Ben Jones, who later served in Congress.
Jones is also an advocate of Confederate heritage, having participated in the fight to preserve the old General Lee from being obliterated by the evil forces that be in Yankeefied NASCAR. This cost him some friends.
Well, guess what he’ll do now?
It just gets better every minute.
This word comes from Washington and Lee University:
Brandon Dorsey of the SCV offers this response:
Ah, yes … when I think of Confederate heritage advocates my first thought is to compare them to the advocates of the Civil Rights movement.
Don’t you see how this …
… is just like this?
Or that this …
is just like this?
Or that this …
… is just like this?
Sure you do.
Sometimes the written word is not enough to tell a story.
You know what happens next.
And that led to this:
By the way, we’ve heard nothing about Tripp Lewis’s threatened lawsuit. You would think that the people contributing money to his “defense fund” might want to know the purposes to which their funds have been put. …
… like maybe sunglasses.
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the battles around Atlanta (I’ll have something to say about that later). Yesterday, on the 150th anniversary of what is called the Battle of Atlanta, came this announcement concerning the moving of the Atlanta Cyclorama from Grant Park to the Atlanta History Center.
This may put an end to discussion about the ultimate fate of the cyclorama. Indeed, it appears that the new space will offer an opportunity to restore the cyclorama to its original dimensions, including the restoration of panels that had not been part of the Grant Park exhibition.
I’ve been to the cyclorama several times, and it is very impressive. The display at Grant Park was somehow more intimate that the display of the Gettysburg Cyclorama, but then again there was not quite the demand to see it. This seems a fitting way to mark the sesquicentennial of the event it portrays.
(h/t Rob Baker)
Well , just as I thought, the Virginia Flaggers made a big deal about how a single Flagger rushed to Lexington to claim “First!” in flagging Washington and Lee University to protest the university’s decision to remove replica Confederate flags from Lee Chapel while displaying real Confederate flags by the crypt containing the bodies of Robert E. Lee and members of his family.
I guess what Billy Bearden is saying is that if 2,439 Flaggers don’t show up, the Flaggers’ commitment is flagging.
Yes, that Billy Bearden. The man who speculates about violence against people with whom he doesn’t agree.
Restore the Honor! Return the Replicas!
However, the article in question comes close to ignoring the Flaggers altogether (and omits mentioning them by name). However, it does mention Grayson Jennings’s appearance … kinda:
At least one flag-bearing vigilante has been noted since Ruscio’s announcement.
“I have observed a man carrying a large Confederate flag on the public sidewalks adjacent to campus. Other university employees tell me he has simply greeted passersby. The Office of Admission tells me that no one has been following tours on campus,” Eckert said.
A “flag-bearing vigilante”? Really? That’s funny.
It should be an interesting weekend in Lexington.
You may recall that a person associated with the Virginia Flaggers has been charged with kidnapping her daughter in violation of court orders. I’ve posted about this story before here and here.
The person, one Megan Elizabeth Everett, is currently wanted by the FBI. Her daughter’s name is Lilly Abigail Baumann.
Everett has taken her daughter to several events attended by Flaggers, where they have been in the company of one C. C. Lesters, who has commented here and elsewhere as a proud Flagger.
Among the Flaggers who know Lesters are Susan Hathaway and Grayson Jennings, who reported yesterday that he was camping with Lesters.
It is to be hoped that the Flaggers, many of whom know Lilly, cooperate with the ongoing search for her.
There … that’s better.
I can’t wait for someone to tell me that I’m twisting these words, too.
It’s been an interesting two weeks for Confederate heritage. Even since the July 8th announcement by Washington & Lee president Kenneth P. Ruscio addressing several issues concerning commemorating the past at the university, a good number of Confederate heritage advocates, especially on social media, have been simply besides themselves. We’ve had calls for Ruscio to resign (and demands for his removal, although how these folks intend to go about that foolishness is never made clear), denunciations of the group (“The Committee”) that initiated what Rusico rightly calls a conversation within the WLU community, talk of marches, demonstrations, and that time-honored means of protest, flagging, and so on.