Continuing with our countdown of Confederate heritage follies, let’s look at two more amazing stories:
5. Where’s Susan?: For years Susan Frise Hathaway has been the very visible face of the Virginia Flaggers, eager to make her case about the foolishness of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s decision not to display Confederate flags on the exterior of the Confederate War Memorial Chapel. It was all about returning the flags and restoring the honor.
Lately, however Susan Hathaway hasn’t been returning to the VMFA. Why hasn’t she been flagging the chapel? Why? Simple: Susan works for a firm that is charged with designing the renovation of the Robinson House, another VMFA property on site. Flaggers and their supporters were furious when this information was revealed, even though they have gone after other people by contacting their place of employment and harassing them. However, they expressed no qualms about the notion that the VMFA and Susan’s employer held Susan’s fate in their hands, while this blog said that Susan should be allowed to continue her protests without fear of retaliation. So much for the Flaggers and their friends supporting each other in a time of need. All we know is that restoring the honor has a price that someone’s unwilling to pay.
4. And the Law Won: The Virginia Flaggers have long sought confrontations with others, then released videos of the confrontations as evidence of their ceaseless courageous activities. It was left to Tripp Lewis, however, to cross the line when local authorities arrested him. The Flaggers raised money for his defense, and eventually Tripp was given a rather easy means of restitution. That some people saw this as a victory spoke volumes about the Flaggers’ commitment to the truth. Note the the Flaggers have fallen silent about their threats to countersue. All we know is that once more restoring the honor has a price that someone’s unwilling to pay.
Of course, someone ought to have punished Tripp for wearing sunglasses with his uniform.
Three to go … we know you’ll return.