For a group of people who are convinced that nothing can be done to stop their latest project, the Virginia Flaggers sure seem to be frustrated … and scared. It certainly did not take them long to disregard their leader’s advice not to engage in “retaliatory” behavior. Perhaps the straw that broke the camel’s back was new evidence that the Flaggers’ association with Matthew Heimbach continues, contrary to previous claims, and that he’s been invited to their second anniversary picnic.
Remember this? Hathaway declared:
Some of the offers came by way of wanting to repay him and other Bloggers in like kind, by posting their information and encouraging others to do the same. I want to take this opportunity to express that I am adamant in not wanting ANYONE in our movement to ever do such a thing. Disagreeing with someone is one thing, and we have every right (a duty, even) to defend our honor, but publishing information that could very possibly affect one’s livelihood, and therefore their ability to care for their families and fulfill their obligations, is not something I want to EVER be a part of.
Well, you’re part of it now, Susan Hathaway, and you were a part of it before this month.
Let’s set aside the fact that Hathaway’s long-delayed plea for restraint came after an effort to shut down this blog by contacting my employer failed. Let’s set aside that it contained false statements. Let’s also set aside that the person Hathaway’s designated to do her “heavy hitting,” Connie Chastain, continues to post personal information, saying it is readily available, although by that criteria so is Hathaway’s employment. After all, Hathaway’s a public person through her own efforts. She just can deal with the same scrutiny that she applies to others.
And now they want to threaten people who don’t agree with them:
Unlike our enemies, WE have truth, honor, and right on our side and do not need to sink to unethical and immoral tactics in order to gain victory.
Say again? So it’s ethical for your friend Grayson Jennings to post the address of one of your opponents? Tripp Lewis thinks so, and, as I recall, a court warned Tripp to stop bothering people at their place of work or at their homes.
As a Facebook Group, RVA Citizens Against the I-95 REBEL FLAG, reported:
Flagger Grayson Jennings had posted an image on this page with a package featuring Kristen Konate’s assumed home address. One wonders what the rationale is behind his post… most likely a scare tactic. Why would a grown man post an assumed address of a woman, who he has no ties with, does not know, on the Internet as one of his OWN posts? Intimidation – that’s the motive. Should she fear an army of rebels hiding behind hedges, ready to assassinate her due to her petition going national? Should anything happen to Kristen Konaté, we now know who to look at first, Grayson Jennings. You have single-handedly pushed the Virginia Flaggers into an enormous spotlight of negativity. Make certain that you get the correct address next time if you really want to “try” to scare someone.
Lewis responded several times, including the following:
In short, it is now an approved Flagger tactic to type in people’s names and come up with home addresses. One can do that with Ms. Hathaway, Mr. Jennings, and Mr. Lewis, too. So much for law suits, etc.
Or we can recall this statement from someone who used to work at the VMFA:
In my opinion, the possibility of productive dialogue faded by late 2011 with the intense escalation by the flaggers of rampant hostility toward the museum. This has resulted in a harassment campaign that, including the gauntlets of flags through which many visitors and staff must walk, spreading misinformation and name calling on site and online, bombarding employees and board members with nuisance e-mails and calls, (the group provided links to a web portal that facilitates anonymous accounts), and on occasion making calls to and protesting outside private residences. Such activities have been detrimental to “easy” resolution.
A Richmond court recognized this in dealing with Tripp Lewis. In the words of fellow Flagger Grayson Jennings, the court issued “an order that prevents him from going within 300 ft. of the residences of certain board members and officers of the VMFA.”
Now you know why that order was necessary. We know that Lewis is threatening to harass another blogger he doesn’t like …
… and that threat will be forwarded to the Richmond Police Department.
Susan Hathaway’s henchmen are doing her dirty work, just as her spokeswoman continues to do her “heavy hitting.”
I want to take this opportunity to express that I am adamant in not wanting ANYONE in our movement to ever do such a thing.
Perhaps it’s time to remind the people at the VMFA of Flagger tactics, which seem all too much like those of Susan Hathaway’s hero, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Apparently the Flaggers haven’t learned a thing. As for Susan Hathaway, she’s trying to hide behind her friends, and we all know why.
So much for “restore the honor.”
PS: We all know that this post will provoke another screed (or two) from Connie Chastain. Shrug.