Duck Dynasty and the Virginia Flaggers

By now I’m sure you’ve hears all about the controversy surrounding what a “star” of a “reality” television show said and the reaction of A&E to that statement.

As you might suspect, opinions range across the spectrum, with some people deploring the comments of the star and backing A&E, some saying that regardless of what the star said, he should not be suspended from the show, and, as you might imagine, some people voicing agreement with what the star said.

Among those voicing support for the star’s statements and supporting the star against A&E’s reaction are many of our good friends at the Virginia Flaggers, including the person who does the group’s “heavy hitting,” as Susan Hathaway herself says.

None of this should come as a surprise. Indeed, it’s evident that many of the Flaggers share the star’s views on various issues, including the ones currently under discussion.

What does come as a surprise is that we have not seen the same outpouring of support for Susan Hathaway’s right to speak her mind about the absence of Confederate flags on the exterior of the Confederate War Memorial Chapel without fear of reprisal from either the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or her employer, who has contracted with the VMFA to renovate the nearby Robinson House, another VMFA holding related to Confederate heritage.

Why is this? Why are the Flaggers so loud about supporting the right of a reality TV star to voice an opinion without fear of reprisal from an employer, and yet so quiet about the right of their very own leader to do the same? Why the cowardice?

This blog remains supportive of Susan Frise Hathaway’s right to express her own opinion without fear of retaliation from her employer. The Virginia Flaggers have failed to show such support for their own leader.

Return Susan! Restore the honor!

A Note of Sympathy and Encouragement

It’s come to my attention that several folks are disappointed that they didn’t make the 2013 Confederate Heritage Follies list. In some cases it’s because they simply aren’t important; in a few cases the person was simply too easy a target. Moreover, there were some simply spectacular instances of foolish follies this year, with several being provided by one group. They’re always seeking publicity, and they’ve gotten it … even when they no longer flag the VMFA.

Some of you aren’t trying hard enough. I know you have the potential to make real fools of yourself in spectacular fashion. Others confuse being pitiful and pathetic with being candidates for follies fame. You have to have the right stuff … look at Tripp Lewis for inspiration.

Try harder. There’s always next year. 🙂

News and Notes, December 20, 2013

Elsewhere in the world of history, heritage, and memory, we didn’t want to overlook the following:

The 2013 Confederate Heritage Follies Countdown, Part Deux

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! Continue reading