Here’s an interesting analysis of recent events offered by someone claiming to represent the Virginia Flaggers on a Confederate fantasy blog:
A relevant question might be how’s that “not flying the Confederate flag to attract more people” thing working out for Waite Rawls and the MOC. 18 months after the opening at Appomattox, sans flag, the Museum (by their own admission) was in such dire financial straits that it was forced to sell out to Tredegar to stay afloat.
Let’s ponder the implications of that astute analysis. Let’s say that not flying a Confederate flag has not led to increased attendance. Was the museum prosperous when it flew the flag? Are the Museum of the Confederacy’s economic problems caused by the decision not to fly a Confederate flag outside of the museum’s Appomattox facility?
Indeed, one might reason from such assumptions as offered by this critic that it’s been the protests of people like the Flaggers that did not help the struggling museum, and so the MOC now seeks an alternate future which its critics say compromises the institution’s identity as a museum of the Confederacy … which would suggest that the Virginia Flaggers have helped damage the preservation of Confederate heritage.
Now, I wouldn’t make that argument. But if the Flaggers want to take pride in that sort of claim, let them.
Rather, I’d say that the Virginia Flaggers simply don’t know what they are talking about. That would not be a surprising conclusion.
Stay classy, Flaggers.