Several weeks ago I prepared the usual TWICH post to cover events during Lee-Jackson Day. Then I thought about it. There would be no real surprises. Indeed, there were several things I expected (such as a new flag going up … I called Lexington as a possible site some time ago). Then more interesting subjects came before me. So I now offer this, largely out of obligation, and with adjustments made to reflect the passage of time. However, I warn you: there are no spoiler alerts, because nothing much happened.
Besides, I now know that posting this will puzzle Gary Gallagher. So here we go …
Several weekends ago (and Monday, January 19) people celebrated Lee-Jackson Day. On Monday, January 19, people also celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Wonder what the overlap was?
As promised, the Virginia Flaggers went to Lexington on Friday, January 16, where their numbers on that first day were not impressive. They did nothing that one would not have expected. They raised another flag behind a car rental agency; Tripp flew his drone; and on Saturday the Flaggers took credit for a turnout on Saturday while remaining silent about some of those folks who turned out with them. Indeed, other than trespassing on NPS property to raise a Confederate flag at Guinea Station (some of you know it as where Stonewall Jackson died, although Ulysses S. Grant established temporary headquarters there during the Overland Campaign), the Virginia Flaggers did nothing of note, although they got their pictures taken.
Kevin Levin highlighted how a group of high school students made fun of the Flaggers, although some Flaggers were not aware of it. One of the students shared his reasoning with Kevin. Kevin also deplored other aspects of the Flaggers’ protest. Andy Hall reminded us once more of the ineffectiveness of the Flaggers’ call to boycott the city businesses.
Meanwhile, Virginia Flaggers spokesperson Susan Hathaway remained silent about evidence that suggests that at best the Virginia Flaggers find warm supporters among white southern nationalists and white supremacists … and at worst that they are arm-in-arm. Draw your own conclusions.
Brad Griffin, who still sometimes styles himself Hunter Wallace (as he did for some time on this blog) offers his reflections on how both the Virginia Flaggers and the West Florida Flaggers (sic) fit into his understanding of the world. Brad continues to try to distance himself from what he calls “Rainbow Confederates,” but when he claims that people like Connie Chastain are “focused exclusively on defending Confederate memory and generally [eschew] interest in contemporary issues,” he clearly hasn’t read her blog. Chastain and Griffin are joined at the hip when it comes to race and religion. Thus the only reason I can see Griffin trying to distance himself from some folks is because he thinks they are incompetent and working with them is counterproductive and even embarrassing.
Perhaps Brandon Dorsey of the SCV feels the same way, having announced that his organization does not approve of all the tactics of the Flaggers.
That claim stung some people. In her blog Chastain offered a series of picture of Hathaway posing with various SCV officials to show that she’s in good with the SCV. Of course, we’ve also posted pictures of SCV officials with white supremacists and of Susan with white supremacists and nationalists. We accept Chastain’s reasoning that to pose with such people is to show support for their actions. Otherwise her entire argument would be nonsense.
That Chastain actually linked to the article containing Dorsey’s comment because she believed it reflected positively on the Flaggers’ activities suggests that she has a reading comprehension problem about as insurmountable as her inability to write compelling prose.
No sign of Ben Jones, the chief heritage officer of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, at this past weekend’s events. That’s curious, given that Jones was appointed in part because the SCV was very interested in reversing Washington and Lee’s decision concerning the display of Confederate flags in the Lee Chapel. This January marked the first Lee-Jackson commemoration since that decision was announced.
In contrast, the Southern Nationalist Network had no problem writing up a positive report of the event.
I’m sure you want to see how some Confederate heritage advocates honored the Confederate Battle Flag. Here are some examples:
That’s right, a saddle blanket. Let’s just sit on it, shall we?
Nothing says Confederate heritage like a dog wrapped in the battle flag.
Meanwhile, as Andy Hall points out, it’s been two years since Tripp Lewis claimed he was assaulted and threatened to sue people. Nothing’s happened. Andy reminds us why that’s important … and so where did the money go? To buy Trippy boy a drone?
Finally, although the
Gulf Coast Flaggers West Florida Flaggers (sic) continue (s) to struggle, there’s a sign that things may be on the upswing in Pensacola, especially if those folks follow my observation about an appropriate flag to fly. On February 5 the Escambia County Commission will meet to decide what it should do moving forward with the Pensacola Bay Center’s flag display.
We’ll seek your opinion on what you think the Commission will do (not what you would like it to do, although we’ll ask that, too) rather soon. However, those of you who don’t like reading so much about Confederate heritage here should want a First National flag to replace the Battle Flag, because that would leave the West Florida Flaggers (sic) with nothing to do (aside, of course, from a claim that the WFF might have had something to do with the result, although there is no evidence for that). If that circus left town, and with the Virginia Flaggers condemned to repeating themselves, my already flagging attention (see what I did there?) would indeed turn elsewhere.
After all, Confederate heritage outbursts are beginning to resemble the movie Groundhog Day, which makes the date of this post most appropriate.