The Underbelly of Flagger Support

Last week the Virginia Flaggers worked very hard to present an image of their group and its supporters as simply devoted to honoring Confederate heritage in the aftermath of Flagger head Susan Hathaway’s revelation of the group’s intention to erect a fifty-foot flagpole by I-95 south of Richmond. The flagpole will display the Confederate navy jack.

As a part of the proposal, Hathaway and her followers responded to media inquiries with the declaration that the project was simply to honor Confederate soldiers. As one report put it: “Virginia Flaggers founder Susan Hathaway says her group doesn’t want to offend anyone. She says the flag is intended to honor the area’s Confederate heritage.”

Hathaway NBC 12

Yet the proposal’s supporters have at times voiced different sentiments.

Tom <> sent the following message to a group petitioning against the Flagger proposal:

you’re wrong. we have the right to fly any flag in this country anywhere. get over it and tell your black buddies to do the same. now do something productive wiht your life. you liberals make me sick. just for this, i’m going to put confederate stickers all over the place here in richmond and the surrounding towns. tell the blacks africa awaits their return. where there’s so much opportunity. remember? how much blacks have contributed to technology, clean living, advancemnet ha ha ha. When they evolve maybe..

Hmmm … where have I seen this sort of argument before?

Well, Connie Chastain declares:

Chastain culture comparison

Why, that’s the same Connie Chastain who posts all those slogans about being white, right? Yes.

The same Connie Chastain who declared: “Emmett Till was not falsely accused. He came on to a white woman in pre-civil rights Mississippi, and the was brutally murdered for it”?  Yup.

The same Connie Chastain who administers the Virginia Flaggers’ blog? Yes, that Connie Chastain.

After all, as Susan Hathaway says, “I leave the heavy hitting to Ms Connie!”

So much for plausible deniability. After all, we’ve previously highlighted some of the folks who support the Flaggers.

It’s a heritage of hate.

12 thoughts on “The Underbelly of Flagger Support

  1. John Randolph August 13, 2013 / 11:31 am

    Although some claim they don’t advocate white supremacy, I am not sure what the point of acknowledging “cultural inequality” is other than to suggest the superiority of white culture over other cultures. In any event, I think comparing cultures with one another as if one was merely trying to buy the best looking house in the neighborhood is a bit of a mug’s game. How exactly does one go about objectively comparing different cultures through history with a view to determining their relative equality or inequality? Equality or inequality in regards to what? Architectural splendor? Technological advancement? Human decency? After all, the same white European culture that gave the world the magnificent cathederal at Chartres also, in much more recent times, produced the slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” to conceal the murderous intent of its unhinged sense of racial and cultural superiority.

  2. Patrick Young August 13, 2013 / 2:13 pm

    She’s big on French Catholic culture. Who would deny that the arches of Gothic architecture are vastly superior to those of McDonald’s, even if the modern version is golden?

  3. SF Walker August 13, 2013 / 2:26 pm

    If one looks at a map of I-95 and the cities it connects, it’s not hard to see that it’s used by a large number of motorists who hail from the North. It bypasses large Southern cities like Raleigh and Norfolk/Virginia Beach and links New York and New England with Florida’s Atlantic coast, which contains a large non-Southern population. It seems to me that this Confederate flag has an obvious target audience—the Flaggers’ purpose here appears to be to oppose, rather than support, an idea. I don’t think the memory of Confederate soldiers has much to do with their agenda in this case, especially since they’ve chosen to use the CS Naval Jack. Why not the Stars and Bars or the square Battle Flag? Georgia got away with using the former for their new state flag.

    • Wayne September 30, 2013 / 10:37 am

      SF please rework this piece but this time do a little research and leave out the BS.

    • Paul Revered January 14, 2014 / 12:33 pm

      What was Fritz Hollings’ intention for putting the “Stars and Bars” at the South Carolina statehouse? Honestly, I have a hard time believing that blacks served willingly in Confederate militaries, given their position in society. I do think that it is important to allow meaningful discussion about these issues, and simply calling people “racist” has the intention of shutting down dialogue. There are other causes behind the Civil War besides slavery. “Revisionist history”, often derided by conservatives, is not always a bad thing, but is only constructive if meaningful discussion is facilitated.

  4. Billy Bearden August 13, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    SF Walker
    The rectangle version IS NOT solely the 2nd CSA Naval Jack. It also was an actual Battleflag used in numerous theatres. My GGG was in the 41st Ga, which used the AoT pattern CBF. Also some units in Virginia used a AoT pattern as well.

    Georgia didn’t “get away” with using a Stars and Bars pattern design (based on 27th Ga Regt) – it was in fact the same style (pre-56 flag) that the main guy seeking the flag change for 20 years (State Rep Tyrone Brooks) had pushed for, and finally received. His group Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials fully endorsed the current flag. Not sure what you mean ‘got away with’ :/ ?

    • Brooks D. Simpson August 13, 2013 / 3:34 pm

      And yet we know that white supremacist organizations have been partial to that CSA navy jack. You would think that Virginians would show more pride in the Army of Northern Virginia.

  5. Rob Baker August 13, 2013 / 4:54 pm

    I think the comments section is the best part of her blog. 😉

  6. Michael Confoy August 13, 2013 / 9:01 pm

    Imagine what they say in non-public forums. ouch.

  7. Michael Confoy August 15, 2013 / 10:25 am

    Looks like Richmond is a bit more tolerant than the flaggers might imagine — “Only the tiniest crowd of people turned up in Richmond, Virginia on Monday for Rep. Steve King (R-IA)’s “anti-amnesty” rally, a protest aimed at halting the immigration reform bill currently making its way through Congress. According to Think Progress, fewer than 60 attendees braved the Richmond twilight to hear King’s “Stop Amnesty” message.”

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