Well, finally … some news worth reporting.
In Pensacola, Florida, the Escambia County Commissioners chose to revisit their previous decision and decided instead to replace the Confederate Battle Flag with the First National Flag, following the reasoning offered in several places, including this blog. We know not what this means for the struggling Confederate heritage flagging organization in Pensacola. Nor do we particularly care.
UPDATE: You can watch this meeting here, including a statement from someone we all know at the 30:00 mark.
Meanwhile, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city council decided that the city would no longer celebrate Lee-Jackson Day as a holiday.
This ended a debate lasting over a month, marked by a contentious city council meeting that featured some of our favorite Confederate heritage advocates (go to 1:25:00 to watch the exchange, with a special rant commencing at the 1:34:25 mark). It appears these speakers were not successful in changing any hearts or minds. Nor does it seem that friend of the blog Ben Jones, chief of heritage operations for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was any more successful.
Nothing changed in March. Apparently this impassioned plea, delivered in rushed fashion, was not enough:
The speaker made reference to this battle. The Confederates were successful in 1864, but Charlottesville marked the 150th anniversary of the occupation of the city by Union forces in 1865 to make its decision. Apparently that coincidence was lost on the Confederate heritage advocates.
You shouldn’t erase history, folks. Never forget … unless you can’t remember.
As one might expect, the Virginia Flaggers vowed to respond as only they can … by calling for the erection of more flag poles so that more Confederate battle flags can fly along the highways of the Old Dominion.
Perhaps all of these erections by old men will earn them the name of the Viagra Flaggers.
Somehow putting up more flags no longer makes an impact, but it seems to be harmless enough. Of course, the sight of that flag reminds other people of other things, but you knew that already.
Since declaring on Valentine’s Day that she was taking a break from blogging on heritage issues, Connie Chastain has offered seven entries on the matter (nearly as many posts as have appeared during all of 2015 on this blog about Confederate heritage advocates). Given the results in Pensacola, we expect she can now return to her endeavors, for it did not appear that her one-person effort made much of an impact, with no media coverage and lagging blog and Facebook entries. After all, the commission’s decision was in line with this blog’s recommendation (as it was in the Danville case), so it’s evident that when this blog takes a stand in support of flying a Confederate flag, its position prevails. That’s not true of Confederate heritage groups. However, we note that Ms. Chastain has proclaimed her intolerance of other religions once more:
Apparently Chastain confuses the deplorable radical and violent extremism of ISIS with all believers of Islam. No word yet on whether she will repudiate Christianity because of people who killed in its name as well. Other terrorist groups have also used Christian symbols. After all, there were those folks with those burning crosses …
Either Connie Chastain demonstrates consistency by repudiating Christianity or she stands revealed as a religious bigot and hypocrite who does not value black lives.
That should be good for a few posts over at Backsass. 🙂
Meanwhile, as I’ve said before, Confederate heritage advocates seem to be running out of ways to draw attention to their cause. They continue to resort to the same approaches, and those approaches have lost their ability to do very much if anything. Other promises (recall Tripp Lewis’s declaration to file lawsuits against law enforcement in Richmond?) have gone nowhere. The appointment of Ben Jones as chief of heritage operations for the SCV seems to have made no difference. Oh, there will be minor victories in holding the line, but Confederate heritage advocates are failing to make any gains, and the defeats continue to mount up, especially in Virginia itself, home of the Virginia Flaggers. Even the squeals of outrage that will come in reaction to this post will be but momentary distractions that fail to conceal evidence of a growing number of setbacks.
And they’ve become boring. Take some advice … try some new tricks … entertain us.