Readers of this blog may have noticed recently that we’ve had an influx of white supremacist commenters. It’s always useful to know that such people exist (even if they have to resort to multiple fake screen names in an effort to look more numerous than they are).
In recent years Hunter Wallace/Brad Griffin of the website Occidental Dissent (some of our recent additions claim to be posting from there) sought to distinguish himself and his followers from Connie Chastain and company by saying that Chastain and her followers were “Rainbow Confederates,” advocates of a multicultural and racially diverse Confederate past. Griffin correctly reminds us the white supremacy was the cornerstone of both antebellum white southern society and the Confederacy: on this subject his knowledge of what white southerners said and believed is simply far superior to those he denigrates as “Rainbow Confederates,” because, frankly, they don’t know much about history and are far less skilled at presenting arguments.
I believe Griffin has always had the better of that argument, although I’d add that the incompetency of those Rainbow Confederates with whom he engages offers sufficient evidence to reject the notion of white supremacy.
However, I have always found it difficult to find any meaningful difference between the racial views of Griffin (and his supporters) and Chastain and her ilk. Thus, the simple question: is there any meaningful difference?
Recall, that Chastain does the “heavy hitting” for the Virginia Flaggers, and they have found nothing wrong with her racial attitudes nor those of Griffin and Co. Surely if they did they would hasten to post that disagreement on this blog and elsewhere. Rather, they don’t seem eager to confront Griffin and company. It’s as if they are scared of the result. Oh, Chastain and her ilk will respond to this by attacking me … but they won’t go one-on-one with white supremacists. How could they while they cuddle up to Matthew Heimbach?
Yup, that’s the leader of the Virginia Flaggers, Susan Hathaway, marching alongside Matthew Heimbach.
And who can forget Michael Givens posing alongside SCV award-winner Heimbach?
Sure … it’s heritage, not hate. Right …
The clock is ticking on those current exchanges in the comments section, and I think the parties involved should prepare final arguments in the very near future, because the blog will move on, leaving them to go elsewhere.