Controversy at the University of Mississippi: More Threats

You’ll recall that the Mid-South Flaggers made much of their march on Oxford, Mississippi, a few weeks ago … and then they made much of the fact that they didn’t like the company they kept. Fair enough.

But this exchange on their Facebook page should remind us that the Mid-South Flaggers are no angels, either.

Old Miss Violence

Apparently the Mid-South Flaggers want to voice their own opinion but shut down those who disagree (which is fairly typical for the Confederate heritage movement, by the way). And as for threats of violence? Read the last comment.

We can now expect the usual calls to university officials demanding that a faculty member be silenced.

Confederate Heritage Under Fire in Ferguson, Missouri?

We hear a great deal about the proper use of Confederate symbols, including the Confederate flag, and passionate defenses of the proper display of the Confederate battle flag.

Now comes word of the Ku Klux Klan’s interest in injecting itself in the situation at Ferguson, Missouri. Yup, just when you thought things could not get uglier.

Are we going to see something like this in Ferguson, Missouri?

Even some Klansmen seem confused about this. Others are not so confused.

I await the passionate protests by Confederate heritage groups against a white supremacist group using what its defenders deem a scared banner for such a purpose. After all, they have no problem attacking other people who don’t like the display of the flag in certain contexts.

If the Confederate Battle Flag does not represent white supremacy, folks, then let’s hear you denounce the KKK for using it … and let’s hear it with the same intensity and frequency that you use when you assail other groups.

Restore the honor.

I’m waiting.

The League of the South and the Sons of Confederate Veterans: A Poll

Just curious as to your impressions.

The League of the South and Confederate History

Recently Michael Hill offered a rather straightforward statement of his understanding of the history of the Confederacy that pulled no punches.

Basically, Hill links the creation of the Confederacy with the defense of slavery and white supremacy. He does so in what has become a rather traditional attack on so-called “Rainbow Confederates,” who in his eyes are “politically correct.” However, Hill clearly disagrees with some of the historical interpretations offered here recently about the Confederacy by such people as the rainbow-sounding “Melissa Blue” and Ben Jones, chief of heritage operations for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

One must admit that the League of the South has been straightforward and candid about its understanding of history. I’d question whether some of the people Hill labels as “Rainbow Confederates” are in fact as tolerant as he may make them out to be. Indeed, I think the racial views of several so-called “Rainbow Confederates” are much more in line with the Southern Nationalist Network, Occidental Dissent, and the League of the South than certain folks would want to admit. Nevertheless, I think in other cases there is much distance indeed. When someone from the SCV tells me that a sign of his racial views is his membership in the NAACP, I’m tempted to remind him that many of the people he claims to represent characterize the NAACP as a “hate group.”

To me the issue is not what the League of the South believes. That message has been fairly consistent, and it has been made public a number of times. Indeed, there is a great deal of merit in their view of the Confederacy’s foundations, in large part because that interpretation is based on what secessionists and Confederates actually said. It’s not whether you have 1,200 books in your library: it’s which books you have, whether you’ve read them, and how your understanding of history is shaped by what you’ve read.

Simply put, one can reject their message to today’s America while accepting that their interpretation of the past has merit. Or one can pose in pictures with white supremacists and march with white supremacists and call them good guys and good friends, which renders whining about “guilt by association” ludicrous. Certain people simply don’t have the courage of their convictions.

As I’ve already said, the Mid-South Flaggers deserve a lot of credit for not ducking this issue. They understand what the League of the South is all about, and they have started to move to disassociate themselves from the group. Not so the Virginia Flaggers or the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Yet in such inaction is the suspicion that one does not denounce what one privately embraces, or that one accepts the support of groups one claims to oppose.

We know that the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Virginia Flaggers can be very vocal in their opposition to groups with whom they do not agree … so what are we to make of their silence in this instance?

Seems Like I Struck a Nerve

Well, it appears that the League of the South now knows what the Mid-South Flaggers think of their participation in a recent event at Oxford, Mississippi.
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Again, I appreciate the candor Brad Griffin and his associates display in this exchange of views … especially when it comes to H. K. Edgerton. Guess you know where you stand now, H. K.

UPDATE: I guess exposing this exchange embarrassed the League of the South, which immediately removed it from their Facebook page … just a little too late, I think.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

The Mid-South Flaggers are a counterpart to the Virginia Flaggers: they have most recently flagged Oxford, Mississippi. In their midst during that event were some members of the League of the South, as highlighted in this post.

But, unlike the Virginia Flaggers, the Mid-South Flaggers reacted differently when they discovered the presence of white supremacists at this event: Continue reading

Anti-Intellectualism and Confederate Heritage

Ben Jones, chief of heritage operations for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, offered the following observation on this blog:

Surely an old cracker like me couldn’t possibly be as knowledgable or as circumspect as these academic “intellectuals”, right? I fear that this is exactly the attitude that gives academia its bad rap as a place for pretentious, condescending folks who are “an inch wide and a mile deep.”

Apparently he targets not only yours truly but also “Professor” Albert Mackey, whom Mr. Jones calls “Al the Hokie” as a sign of his respect as he engages in intelligent discourse.

I find Ben Jones amusing. I also find him disappointing. His posts here suggest that his appointment as chief of heritage operations for the Sons of Confederate Veterans was little more than a cosmetic change, where Jones’s celebrity might prove advantageous. Some people call this putting lipstick on a pig, but I won’t go there.

Mr. Jones observes:

Both he and Al Hokie lambast me for simply being a successful person out in the world and not even reading or understanding my studies. This over-reaction subsumes real argument and earnest debate, of course.

Would someone please point out where I lambasted Mr. Jones for simply being a successful person out in the world? As for overreaction subsuming real argument and earnest debate, I wonder how calling someone “Al the Hokie” advances that agenda. Here’s how Mr. Jones engages in “earnest debate”:

Well, now I’ve got Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee to deal with.

For history professors, you guys sure have a lot of time to play on the internet.

I wonder, Brooks, if you are not too invested in your tiny bit of blog-power to be genuinely serious about “building bridges”.

Or if indeed, you are writing all this stuff….

Talk about “an aroma of social bigotry.” Mr Jones’s comments reek in that regard. Insult followed by insult–that’s how Mr. Jones engages in “real argument and earnest debate.”

Of course, that gets us back to the point made in this article.

Parents, community leaders, public figures, popular culture icons, and peers tell our children–in words, deeds, and attitudes–that education is worthless. There is an aversion to education, a rising tide of anti-intellectualism, contempt for scientific investigation, and condescension towards the study of the humanities.

It’s as if someone was describing Ben Jones, at least in light of his behavior here.

But at least we know that the Sons of Confederate Veterans are putting their best foot forward.

Birds of a Feather Flock Together … in Oxford, Mississippi

Well, as you might imagine, the Virginia Flaggers’ spin-off group, the Mid-South Flaggers, followed the usual formula of flagging protests yesterday.
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H. K. Edgerton showed up.

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And guess who was watching?

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That’s right, more folks from the League of the South. Wonder what they think about the diversity and inclusion theme.

My understanding is that the mayor of Oxford is a bit peeved that the march disrupted a perfectly nice Saturday neighborhood function for families and kids.

I’m beginning to think Lexington and Oxford are interchangeable.