Largely overlooked in the recent fracas concerning the Charlottesville City Council’s decision to cease celebrating Lee-Jackson Day as a city holiday was a squabble about the birthplaces and backgrounds of members of the city council. Some people expressed outrage that several council members were not true southerners. The loudest cries came from Pensacola.
Oh, my, that’s serious. Especially from a transplanted Floridian, now a resident of a state which some people see as nothing more than where many northerners go to live (ask fans of the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning). Note that the writer says that New York is “UP NORTH on the flippin’ map.”
But that’s not all …
Is that clear now?
Well, apparently not. After all, Virginia Flagger favorite Karen Cooper also hails from — gasp! — NEW YORK! That’s right … “UP NORTH on the flippin’ map.”
Oh, Cooper may live in Virginia and she may walk around with a Confederate battle flag, but she’s a pretender, not a contender. She’s not a real Virginian … that is, if the city council members are not real Virginians (and thus not real southerners), neither is she. Why? Because Connie Chastain says so. Cooper doesn’t have “a deep, generational connection to the state, its heritage, history, and people.” She’s a recent arrival, a carpetbagger, just hoping to fit in.
We expect the usual cries of anguish and anger from the usual sources. But one can’t claim that Karen Cooper is a southerner without admitting that by the same reasoning the members of the Charlottesville City Council are also southerners, including the one from Glen Cove, New York, which is out on Long Island …
… not all that far from where Confederate heritage favorite Valerie Protopapas lives, in Huntington Station (which is not all that far away from where I grew up in the 1970s). I note that I made my way to Virginia before certain other people did. 🙂
So, if Karen Cooper isn’t a southerner (because Connie Chastain says that such people are neither real Virginians nor real southerners), neither is good old Lady Val.
Otherwise, our friend from Pensacola would have to admit she’s a hypocrite.
This has been quite a week for our friend from Pensacola. She’s admitted the centrality of slavery to the Confederacy and offered an argument about what constitutes a real southerner that excludes two favorites of the heritage movement.
There’s always hope for growth and change.