So you want to know how to defend Confederate heritage? Well, apparently you start by using social media to denounce the people you deem to be its opponents.
Take South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Once she was celebrated for her defense of the Confederate flag. Confederate heritage advocates loved her. She was living proof that the South was not racist, and that it was a welcoming place. So said Confederate heritage advocates.
Then came the Charleston murders. The governor soon changed her mind about the Confederate flag. Let’s set aside discussions of her motivation for the moment, because, regardless of those motivations, she also faced consequences for taking the position she did.
Today the governor signed into law legislation that provides for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state house tomorrow. The flag will be placed in the Confederate Relic Room in the state house. The event was televised on CNN.
How did people react? Well, some folks weren’t too happy, given what they said on her Facebook page, according to this report. Nasty comments, claims she’s not a real southerner, implied threats (where have we seen this behavior before?) … not quite what we’d be led to expect from tales of genteel southerners born in the tradition of Robert E. Lee.
None of this behavior does any credit to Confederate heritage … although it unmasks the true nature of many of its defenders. I’m sure we’ll see this elsewhere … and soon.