Next Friday Susan Hathaway and the Virginia Flaggers will travel to Lexington, Virginia, where they will protests decisions made by the city of Lexington and Washington and Lee University concerning the display of the Confederate flag. Nothing new there. However, recent information shared with Crossroads merits attention apart from the usual weekly roundup of Confederate heritage activities and once more raises serious questions about the company Hathaway and the Flaggers keep in their efforts to “promote” Confederate heritage.
At first glance First Freedom.Net strikes one as your usual white supremacist/nationalist site. It is only when one examines The First Freedom’s monthly newsletter that we discover something that should trouble people who claim that Crossroads has been unfair to Susan Hathaway and the Virginia Flaggers. Take the July 2014 issue, downloadable here. The newsletter’s motto? “Inviting the Zionist controlled media′cracy to meet a rising Free South.” Well, that’s a bit disturbing, although Crossroads has before highlighted antiSemitic strains in the blogs of a few Confederate heritage advocates (as well as frantic claims that some of them aren’t really antiSemites … own what you believe, cowards). Page two reveals that rabid Confederate heritage advocate Valerie Protopapas serves on the newsletter’s “editorial faculty” (and she contributes an article on page eleven). Page five includes an article by “Hunter Wallace,” better known in real life as Brad Griffin of the League of the South.
Guess what appears on page nine?
Note that “the Masked Walnut” from southernnationist.com speaks of “we” when referring to the Virginia Flaggers.
The January 2015 issue of The First Freedom offers more evidence of the sorts of people who endorse the efforts of Hathaway and the Virginia Flaggers … and a special surprise. On page three the League of the South’s Michael Hill reassures readers of the eventual triumph of the LoS’s principles. There are a series of articles spewing hate at various targets, epitomized by this caption on page twenty: “The one at center right is probably a lightly-mongrelized Latrino, and not a Jewess. It’s children will likely be even more abominable.” And on and on and on and on.
These folks should hire Jerry Dunford as a special correspondent.
And then we turn to page five:
I’m waiting to hear that Susan Hathaway knows nothing about this (and I think we know that she will not denounce the association with white supremacists and bigots … she’s as skeered of doing that as she is skeered of flagging the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts … don’t want to lose those travel/speaking opportunities, right?).
Now, y’all know how this will go. Connie Chastain will scream and rant; Susan Hathaway will lose her voice; and others will counterattack … but they won’t denounce, and they won’t disassociate themselves from their comrades. Ask Matthew Heimbach.
Over the years Crossroads has carefully documented the ties between the Virginia Flaggers and various white supremacist and nationalist movements. There’s no need to revisit that now. But I wonder whether Susan Hathaway will make herself available to the Lexington media next Friday and Saturday … because you never know what might be asked.