A few days ago the Pensacola Flagger decided to lecture Jimmy Dick on Confederate history and heritage by telling him about the Confederate Battle Flag that used to fly at the Pensacola Bay Center.
(For a better history lesson, click here.)
Without benefit of historical documentation, the Pensacola Flagger claimed that the flag might have flown to honor the service of the 2nd Florida Infantry and its colonel, George T. Ward. Readers will recall that at times the Pensacola Flagger goes by the names of C. L. Ward and Connie Chastain Ward, which might help explain why she selected this particular regiment and its commander while giving short shrift to the service of other Florida units in the Army of Northern Virginia. Apparently their service and sacrifice doesn’t count in the mind or heart of the Pensacola Flagger.
This is what she said:
Note the .
I thought the wording of this explanation was a little odd. “Battleflag” is not one word in this context of “the Confederate Battle Flag,” and “lost his life to a shotgun wound” was a curious way to put it. Why was the “s” in “siege” capitalized? And then there was the .
Mystery solved. The Pensacola Flagger simply lifted part of the second and all of the third sentence, word-for-word, from Wikipedia:
This, folks, is from a person who brags about her literary skills and how hard she finds it to write. How hard is it to cut ‘n’ paste from Wikipedia?
So much for “honor” when it comes to celebrating Confederate heritage. Here’s a person who sets aside the service of many Florida Confederate soldiers to focus on one unit (and a unit that augmented it, the Pensacola Rifle Rangers) in order to highlight the service of a namesake colonel … but then she could only recall that namesake colonel’s service by checking Wikipedia and lifting the description found there for her blog, all to teach someone a lesson.
Is this what they taught at Connie Chastain’s undergraduate institution, Alabama Christian College, now known as Faulkner University, “where students are encouraged to grow in intellect, character and service”?
By the terms of Connie Chastain’s own undergraduate institution, she stands before us as having committed intentional plagiarism.
So much for Confederate history, heritage, or honor, at least as practiced by the Pensacola Flagger. We expect that Chastain’s supporters will promptly rush to excuse her actions.
Perhaps they will also defend her sensahuma:
That’s right. Jokes about rape. (Yes, I know, she’ll say it’s a joke about feminists. She’ll just ignore why she chose this particular subject.)