Heritage Begins at Home

Lately the Virginia Flaggers have been struggling to get some positive attention. It hasn’t been easy. They’ve come under fire for a number of reasons, and the best they have offered is embarrassed silence (except, of course, from their mouthpiece, who is another sort of embarrassment altogether). They have taken solace in their go-to move of raising another Confederate Battle Flag to mark a site of a heritage defeat, and Danville, Virginia, has become an especial target, with multiple flags going up.

(Perhaps this compensates for their failure to date to mark Charlottesville in similar fashion.)

The Flaggers are making a good deal of their activities around Danville:


We see that loyal Virginia Flagger and all-around bigot Jerry Dunford, Jr., is cheering on the cause.

But Jerry has a point, and it raises an interesting question:

How many Virginia Flaggers have erected nice long flagpoles in their own front or back yards to demonstrate their Confederate heritage? After all, it’s their own private property, right?

Oh, we’re not talking about little bitty flags flying on the front porch or by the garage, folks … we’re talking about poles that are 50 feet or 75 feet in the air, complete with one of those nice big Confederate Battle Flags unfurled in the breeze. We’re talking about the homes of Susan Hathaway, Tripp Lewis, Barry Isenhour, Grayson Jennings, and Karen Cooper, for starters. And why stop there? Why aren’t these flags flying outside the businesses owned by these folks? Why has no one seen to it that one flies by Glave & Holmes in downtown Richmond? Don’t the folks of Sandston deserve to know where Susan Hathaway lives because it’s where you can find that really big Confederate flag flying over her house?

After all, some of us suspect that this exercise in erecting poles and flying flags isn’t really a celebration of Confederate heritage at all, but just a middle finger of spite and resentment. That’s what Bill Garnett’s comment above suggests. It’s not an act to honor the sacrifices of Confederate soldiers: it’s just being a thorn in the side of others.

If the Virginia Flaggers really mean what they say, they would erect these tall flagpoles in their own yards and by their own businesses. They would show us that they embrace Confederate heritage at home, instead of going all the way to Danville to annoy people.

We await photographs from Judy Smith.

7 thoughts on “Heritage Begins at Home

  1. Sandi Saunders August 22, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Excellent point. Walk the walk.

    I think we do know that they know all of the negatives that flag represents and that is why they do not put these flagpoles on their own property. Does the KKK burn crosses on their own lawn? Do they display their flags on a flagpole?

    More than that, they know they are not showing even a modicum of reverence, respect, solemnity and dignity toward the soldiers they claim to hold so dear when they flag an event, when they rally and parade and run, ride or drive like hillbillies through towns and when they comment like haters and liars all over the internet. They know this very well. So should the SCV. All of this is hurting any heritage efforts they claim. And IMO hurting it beyond repair. People are not seeing heritage supporters, they are seeing haters.

  2. OhioGuy August 22, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Please don’t talk negatively about hillbillies. I live in hillbilly country. Some hillbillies are the salt of the earth. Hillbillies and rednecks are not the same thing. In terms of Civil War memory and understanding I still remember the short summary of the war in western Virginia given me by a good old boy hillbilly from West Virginia: “We double-crossed the double crossers.” I would say there’s more wisdom and historical understanding in that statement than all the rantings of all the VA Flaggers combined.

  3. Goad Gatsby August 23, 2015 / 1:40 am

    Last year Connie was criticizing the lyrics of one of the songs I played by Ice Cube which had the line “Straight outta Compton” and the Flaggers are on the NWA bandwagon. I wonder if they even know what NWA is an abbreviation for?

    • Virginia Bourne August 23, 2015 / 9:30 am

      Their collective cultural knowledge is an inch deep but also an inch wide. Willfully ignorant meets deeply incurious. Connie and her friends love “memes” so much because their intellectual capacity really peaks at the “Like” button on Facebook.

    • Rblee22468 August 23, 2015 / 11:49 am

      I am betting they’re pretty familiar with the first word.

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