The Sons of Confederate Veterans is meeting in Richmond at a time when many of its members believe that Confederate heritage is under attack.
How so? Well, listen to Ben “Cooter” Jones, the chief of heritage operations for the organization as well as an entrepreneur:
The nation has been wrestling with Confederate symbolism in the wake of a shooting that left nine people dead last month at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. After photos emerged of the accused shooter posing with the Confederate battle flag, elected officials have moved to end government-sanctioned displays of the Confederate emblem, and some have discussed the removal of Confederate monuments. Private retailers have also stripped Confederate flag merchandise from their shelves. Early this month, the TV Land network pulled “The Dukes of Hazzard” from its schedule.
On Thursday, Jones compared the decision to book burning by the Nazis.
“It’s the same kind of totalitarian and demagogic thinking that leads to things like that,” Jones said. “Don’t doubt it.”
Cancelling “The Dukes of Hazzard” is equivalent to book burning by the Nazis? What’s next? Is Daisy Duke going to be compared to Anne Frank?
But that’s not all …
During the convention’s opening ceremony Thursday morning, a J.E.B. Stuart impersonator said, “Richmond is once again the center of the Confederate way of life.”
“The days of Reconstruction are upon us again,” said Stuart, portrayed by Wayne Jones. “And this time, we must prevail.”
The days of Reconstruction were never upon Jeb Stuart, folks. He was mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern on May 11, 1864, and died the next day.
And who must prevail … the supporters of white supremacy? Again?
No word yet on whether Tripp Lewis plans to expose various misdeeds … or is that Anonymous CSA?