My, oh my, but wasn’t the 150th anniversary of the battles at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga something to remember? What about the commemorations of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address?
Maybe … and yet there were other memorable events brought to you by people vying to be a part of the Confederate heritage follies … and here we go! Today, numbers 8, 7, and 6:
8. Heritage, Not Hate? Really?: That’s right, folks. The Sons of Confederate Veterans, an organization that embraces the slogan of “Heritage, Not Hate,” decided that it was a good idea to honor Matthew Heimbach of the Virginia Flaggers in 2012. Trouble was that Heimbach was an avowed white supremacist. SCV commander-in-chief Michael Givens recently claimed he didn’t know Heimbach, but he was the head of the organization that recognized Heimbach’s achievements, and Givens himself posed next to this aspiring Confederate heritage activist.
Gee, don’t these two look happy together? Maybe they will make plans to go to Olustee sometime soon.
7. Nah Nah Nah Nah, Nah Nah Nah Nah, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye: Despite the SCV’s leadership’s fondness for Heimbach, some members of the organization do have standards. This became apparent when it was revealed that the Virginia Division of the SCV was seeking to eject member Tripp Lewis of the Virginia Flaggers. Apparently Lewis was cited for conduct unbecoming a member of the SCV. Can’t wait to hear more about that story.
Really, Tripp? My, but 2013 has been a heck of a year for you, hasn’t it? And it’s not quite over yet, either.
6. Dude, Who Stole My Excavator?: Grayson Jennings knew it was coming. Someone was going to do something to something at the site of the I-95 Virginia Flaggers’ monument to themselves. And, whadda know? Someone sure did something. Someone stole Jennings’s excavator. It was a blessing in disguise, because it looks as if nothing has been happening there for months, anyway, although you can’t tell from the interstate, because that would presuppose that you could first see the flag from the road. Fortunately, Jennings has his machine back, so the Flaggers can go back to digging themselves into a deeper hole.
Six down, five to go, and then there will be an awards ceremony.
LOL! Madness – they’ve all gone over the moon and this summarization of their brilliance pays homage to their less than brilliant light. Yes, I remember when Givens denied knowing Heimbach in the interview that he took part in on Al Jazeera America. The producers told me that the Virginia Flaffers refused to appear due to the mere name of the station – Al Jazeera.
“The producers told me that the Virginia Flaffers refused to appear due to the mere name of the station – Al Jazeera.”
Of course. There’s a pungent streak of Christianism/Dominionism in that crew.
I don’t know as eight is pretty high in my opinion in follies. Heimbach has gone from a media seeking, conservative quack at Townson State University, to making the national news as a racist, apartheid fan, fascist wannabe in less than a year. Any organization that supports him as a member will automatically be associated with those same views. Is that the heritage they meant?
An awards ceremony really, is David Tatum making the ribbons/awards…because he is fantastic at arts and crafts…you should think about it.
I nominate that we follow the lead of The Grammies and create The Connie. (That statue however would NOT be naked. I draw the line there.)
BParks- Let the Con-Games begin!