Susan Hathaway’s Silence Explained

sfhThose people who have followed the exploits of the Virginia Flaggers notice that someone who craves attention is presently silent, indeed invisible: none other than the leader of the Virginia Flaggers, Susan Hathaway. Why is this?

Well, there is a very plausible reason.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is currently embarking on a plan to renovate Robinson House, a building on its grounds, into a regional visitor’s center. The building dates from before the American Civil War: from 1885 through 1940 it served as the Robert E. Lee Camp for Confederate Veterans. It even exhibited Stonewall Jackson’s horse, Little Sorrel, until the horse was moved to VMI in 1948. The house is but a short walk from the Confederate War Memorial Chapel

The VMFA chose a distinguished Richmond-based architectural firm to manage the renovation.

Guess who works for that distinguished Richmond-based architectural firm?

One can imagine the issues involved in having an employee of a company picket the institution the company’s been hired to assist.  As for myself, I think Susan has a right to her own opinion and a right to express it without fear of retaliation. Maybe she’ll explain why she’s not exercising those rights.

So now you know why she’s been very quiet.

Note: the name of the firm is not important (and it’s not a secret). What is important is to offer an explanation as to why Susan Hathaway’s been silent … and she doesn’t deny it. I guess “restore the honor” has its limits.

25 thoughts on “Susan Hathaway’s Silence Explained

  1. Andy Hall September 8, 2013 / 7:01 am

    That’s awkward. This was the renovation project (Glavé & Holmes calls it a rehab) that some folks, notably Bobby Edwards, were upset about a while back. Edwards complained at one point that “[The VMFA] have failed to honor the R. E. Lee Camp Museum and HQ building by renaming it the ‘Robinson House’, having nothing to do with the history of the grounds,” apparently unaware that it was built and occupied by the Robinson family for nearly 30 years prior to it being part of the veterans’ home.

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 8, 2013 / 11:05 am

      The Flaggers have always been weak when it comes to matters of history.

  2. Jimmy Dick September 8, 2013 / 8:29 am

    Now this is interesting. A real diehard flagger would quit their job to remove the conflict of interest so they could continue their quest to display a flag inappropriately while at the same time ignoring the racists in their ranks. They also would continue to ignore factual evidence so they could continue to lie to people in order to present their history as they wish it to have been.

    I love the recent information that has been announced over on CW Memory which was quite educational as Betty pointed out. It is simply amazing when facts are presented that expose the lies of the flaggers. It’s like vampires being caught in the sunlight.

    Kudos to all with the VMFA, Pat, Brooks, Kevin, Andy, etc. You all are doing a great job!

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 8, 2013 / 11:08 am

      I suggested last month that the Flaggers’ bid for publicity might backfire badly, and it has. Oh, I still think they’ll erect their flagpole and fly their flag … but then what? I look for reaction to rise by the end of the week.

  3. Corey Meyer September 8, 2013 / 10:35 am

    Does this also explain the creation of the I-95 flag project?

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 8, 2013 / 11:03 am

      I’ve wondered the same thing myself. Certainly the timing’s interesting. However, it seems that Susan’s understood now that she should not/can’t assume the public profile she once enjoyed.

      Of course, the VMFA also gave Rob Walker money. So this entanglement has created issues for the Flaggers. They were just too afraid to admit it. Guess there are limits to “restore the honor.”

  4. Thelibertylamp September 8, 2013 / 11:22 am

    They are all like this, they want the the spotlight but they then learn the hard way that the spotlight get very hot and can burn them.

    What they also don’t want to face is that they are a very small voice for a very unpopular and offensive idea.

    I blame the tiny eye holes in those hoods…it’s made them clueless to the rest of the world around them.

  5. lenastorheim September 8, 2013 / 11:38 am

    This seems very sketchy on her part.

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 8, 2013 / 11:52 am

      I’m not sure I agree. One could argue that she’s being restrained by the wishes of her employer from expressing her opinion. Moreover, were she to say something, she’d draw attention to the situation (although now it’s no longer a secret). However, her silence on Heimbach is still damaging. Now everyone’s going to have to deal with a great deal of fallout from this news. Had she simply disavowed Heimbach (or had her organization done so immediately), we wouldn’t be seeing this self-inflicted wound get worse. But that’s what happens when you allow Tripp Lewis and Connie Chastain to speak for the Flaggers.

      • Thelibertylamp September 8, 2013 / 1:29 pm

        Karen Cooper’s facebook pages claims she is originally from NY…

        • Brooks D. Simpson September 8, 2013 / 1:37 pm

          There are some very prominent advocates of Confederate heritage from the Empire State. Some live rather close to where I grew up.

          • Thelibertylamp September 8, 2013 / 1:58 pm

            Maybe, but how were also part of the African American community?

            Does anyone remember Francis Joseph “Frank” Collin (born Francis Joseph Cohen) the Jewish Neo-Nazi and his games in Skokie?

            People like this are baffling, so much self hate.

  6. Robert Crawley September 8, 2013 / 2:39 pm

    Susan is prolific in her Facebook postings, using it as the primary platform from which she leads the Virginia Flaggers. Glave and Holmes would do well to ensure that she is not using company time or property for organizing or encouraging protests against their client, the VMFA. Moreover, it would be wise to also take precautions to ensure that she is not sharing their client’s confidential information with fellow flaggers. However, it may be too late for that. Susan’s Facebook page contains a post that begins, “At work on Christmas Eve . . . ” (posted December 24, 2013 at 10:11 am via mobile) that draws a response from Grayson Jennings at 10:57 a.m.: “Gotta keep all of your wonderful clients happy ;)”. Both Susan and Barry Isenhour “Like” the comment. (link below, with relevant portion copied. Screen cap saved).

    Brings into question whether sensitive client information at Glave and Holmes is shared as no more than fodder for the Flaggers.

    At work on Christmas Eve…and thanking God for the blessing of having a job to go to..and for the birth of our Savior! “Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift.” 2Corinthians 9:15

    76 people like this..

    Marquitta Denise Bonner I certainly do miss you Susan! It seems like it’s gonna be forever before we’re under those Friday Night Lights again. Have a blessed holiday season. Love you!

    December 24, 2012 at 10:12am · 1..

    Susan Frise Hathaway Love you, too my Sister! God bless you and yours, Quitta, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

    December 24, 2012 at 10:14am via mobile · 1..

    Grayson Jennings Gotta keep all of your wonderful clients happy

    December 24, 2012 at 10:57am · 2

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 11, 2013 / 9:27 pm

      That issue is between Ms. Hathaway and her employer. Again, I believe nothing should stand in her way of letting her express her opinions.

  7. Al Mackey September 8, 2013 / 5:27 pm

    This may explain her silence on certain flagging activities, but it doesn’t explain her silence on Matthew Heimbach. The longer she is silent on Heimbach the more he can be linked to the flaggers, since he’s not being disavowed. That increases the likelihood they share his views.

    As to whether she can speak out without fear of retaliation, I’d say that depends on her position. Certainly if she’s in a position to represent the company, they would be justified in proceeding against her for having a public position the company believes puts them in a bad light.

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 11, 2013 / 9:31 pm

      It’s enough to say that Susan Hathaway can denounce me while remaining silent on Matthew Heimbach. Then again, she says she wants to emulate Nathan Bedford Forrest. Make of that what you will.

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 11, 2013 / 9:37 pm

      Nothing Susan Hathaway has done should result in retaliation from her employer. She has the right to her opinions and the right to express them. So please don’t go there.

  8. Brooks D. Simpson September 11, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    In yet another stunt typical of the Flagger movement, Susan Hathaway issued this “plea” for her followers and supporters not to go after meafter the attempt to go after me failed.

    In the process Ms. Hathaway tried her best to slip past the reason why the issue of her employment became relevant to explaining her silence (she remains silent on Matthew Heimbach, her Flagger associate). She’s wrong in other particulars as well, which suggests why she fails to present evidence to support several of her claims.

    Susan Frise Hathaway has made herself a public figure in this debate. She just doesn’t want you to know why she stopped flagging the VMFA. Her statement asking for restraint comes after an effort at retaliation failed. She’s admitted that she uses Connie Chastain to do her “heavy hitting,” and one can well imagine what that has included … including information on where I live. For her now to attempt to play the innocent victim card once more is simply pathetic.

    BTW, Susan has made available her own information, including her home address, on the WWW. According to Connie Chastain, that makes it fair game. However, I see no purpose in posting that information (as to why Susan did it, that’s best for her to explain).

    That said, some people ought to remove their GPS information from the pictures they take, especially when they are trying to hide something. 🙂

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