Flaggers Turn Out in Force at Lexington

This past week thousands hundreds dozens five Virginia Flaggers turned up at Washington and Lee University to protest the university’s new policy concerning the display of the Confederate flag at Lee Chapel.

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They were outnumbered by the flags they displayed.

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They engaged passers-by, changing hearts and minds.

vf wlu 0914 4The media coverage of the event was all one could wish for. Flagger spokesperson Barry Isenhour, who is to red shorts what Susan Hathaway is to red blouses and dresses, shared his insights about the Lost Cause.

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The following day Hathaway herself took time off from her non-appearances on the sidewalk by the VMFA to operate a booth by a reenactment. You can see how busy she was. There was also a Karen Cooper sighting, but people were disappointed to learn that surfer dude Grayson Jennings and Norwood “Tripp” “Shades” Lewis were nowhere to be seen. Their presence would have made at least a dozen Flaggers over several days.

No word on whether the Flagger bookstand sells copies of Connie’s Chastain’s latest dust jacket covers. The good news? This time there are more Flaggers than flags in the picture, which is an increasingly rare thing.

Somehow I don’t think this massive turnout will be enough to persuade anyone at Washington and Lee to change current policy. As to why Hathaway absents herself from sidewalk flagging, there’s been no explanation. Unfortunately for her there are no pictures of her outside of WLU for years past to recycle.

We have been assured that this spectacle will be repeated several times during the remainder of the fall semester at WLU. We wonder whether the results will be any different.

Are you angry enough yet? I’m sure the Flaggers are. As for the rest of us …




11 thoughts on “Flaggers Turn Out in Force at Lexington

  1. Rosemary September 16, 2014 / 3:47 am

    These people lack sensitivity, creativity, and grace. There is so much good people with time and inclination to work for a cause could do. They truly are wasting time. And they are hurting themselves because hate corrodes the vessel that holds it.

  2. Spelunker September 16, 2014 / 4:39 am

    If it wasn’t for the presence of the CBF, I’d have mistaken this for a LOSer rally.

  3. seanmunger September 16, 2014 / 8:45 am

    Ah, another pie-in-the-face ending for the Flaggers! I think of these people as clowns, no more. They’re there to laugh at. Thanks for giving me another grin. 🙂

  4. Bob Nelson September 16, 2014 / 11:50 am

    Thanks for reminding me of one of the funniest movies of all time despite the racial slurs. I’ll have to watch it again, especially the “Camptown Ladies” scene (a snippet in your post) when the white foreman requests a song of the black work gang and they break into “I Get a Kick out of You.” Only Mel Brooks could get away with such stereotypes, even in 1974. But hey, wasn’t he the guy who later wrote a musical about Hitler?

  5. Muhammad E. Lee September 16, 2014 / 2:31 pm

    Barry Isenhour and Mayor McCheese have never been seen in the same place at the same time. Coincidence? Highly doubtful.

    • Andy Hall September 16, 2014 / 4:09 pm

      I think you just made the Flaggers grimace.

  6. Buck Buchanan September 18, 2014 / 6:12 am

    Flaggers Turn Out in FARCE at Lexington.

    There, I fixed it.

  7. Charlotte_Bronte September 26, 2014 / 6:42 am

    Mockery is not cool, Mr. Simpson.

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 26, 2014 / 11:03 am

      That’s why you shouldn’t post as Charlotte Bronte … or her sister …. with an e-mail address claiming that you’re Oliver Cromwell, dyulgerova. 🙂

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