Methinks the Virginia Flagger movement is … flagging. That’s right. For a movement that’s changing hearts and minds, it’s unclear whether any are being changed at all, or if the change might be in another direction (surely in many cases the changes don’t seem durable or effective).
Take, for example, last Sunday, when a grand total of two Flaggers spent the day in Lexington, Virginia, with one taking pictures of the other. That’s not exactly a growth industry.
Or take the recent discussions over at the gift that keeps on giving. Seems folks there are divided over several things. Not all the members of the group have signed a petition to have the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts display a Confederate flag at Pelham Chapel, despite repeated call for people to show their southern pride by doing so. That suggests the Flaggers aren’t making headway among an audience that would seem favorably disposed to their message. Some folks are not sure which flag to display, or where it might be displayed (outside the chapel? inside the chapel?). Some folks have charged that the VMFA is in violation of state law by not displaying the flag, but no one’s initiated legal action, and you think that if people really wanted to get something done, they’d do that. Surely they have the individuals and resources at hand to do something … if they’re right about the law. Otherwise one would have to wonder why all this talk and demonstration results in no action.
Maybe that’s because it wouldn’t make for a good video. :)