As many of you know, January 19 was Robert E. Lee’s birthday. As it fell on a Sunday, you might well expect people to commemorate the event in proper fashion, and pay their respects to the most iconic figure of Confederate heritage.
For some other folks, however, it appears to have been just another day to stage a confrontation on video, complete with threats of lawsuits, so that they could post it on You Tube as soon as possible.
You guessed it … it’s Tripp Lewis, who in the absence of Susan Hathaway is now the most visible face of the Virginia Flaggers outside the chapel.
We hear a lot about threatened lawsuits, but as yet I’ve seen no record of one. Maybe the Flaggers are keeping it a secret. Maybe the Tripp Lewis Defense Fund needs replenishing. Hey … if Tripp wins everything the officer has, will he distribute the proceeds among his investors … ah … contributors and supporters? Seems to me they should be in for a cut of the proceeds.
I’m sure General Lee would have thought this was just the way he’d like his birthday celebrated.
Kevin Levin, who brought this video to my attention, offers his own take at Civil War Memory.
Note that the rest of the color guard was permitted inside of the chapel. Indeed, there’s no evidence that Norwood (Tripp’s real first name) was part of this group, which has performed at functions elsewhere.
Now, some words of advice for the Flaggers:
First, learn how to spell Pelham. Here’s how the title of the You Tube video is rendered:
The same spelling is on the video itself, so it’s no mistake.
You would think that after years out walking the sidewalks by the building that you would know how to spell the name of a Confederate hero, but you don’t. Thank goodness Robert E. Lee is so simple to spell, although one day a Flagger may render it as Robert E. Lea.
Second, you might want to figure out how to hold your cell phone video cameras the right way so that we can see the events in the letterbox format that offers such a dramatic punch. Indeed, I don’t know why the defense fund does not invest in better video equipment. Maybe you want to make Tripp look taller.
Third, if you are going to pursue legal recourse against various people, then do so. Show us the evidence of filings. Folks are beginning to talk that this is nothing more than a sham protest designed to call attention to Tripp Lewis. Prove them wrong … or prove them right, I guess.
Fourth, vary your approach. You can’t afford to get boring, and these Lewis confrontations are starting to look all the same.
That said, at least Tripp is better at these sort of things than other folks. Not much action here, and rather poor video (with the camera held the wrong way):
Meanwhile, I guess we now have a strong contender for the 2014 edition of Confederate Heritage Follies.
PS: You may post this, David Grove.