Yesterday Washington, DC, hosted a demonstration by Confederate heritage advocates, where Confederate flags in hostile hands got closer to the Capitol than they ever did during the war.
The organizers of the event expected a large turnout. They were not to be disappointed, and yet they were. That’s because more people turned out to protest the protest than turned out to rally around the Confederate flag.
We’re used to these protests in which far fewer loyal Confederate patriots turn out than was predicted or promised. This would not have surprised Robert E. Lee, who complained throughout the war about the unwillingness of Confederate civilians to go all out in support of the cause of southern independence. Lee also groused about desertion rates among his own men. It seems very little has changed. Maybe some folks have figured out that the best way to honor their Confederate ancestors is to stay home just like they did.
The best the Confederate protesters could do was to offer a few speeches and take a few picture on a green field due north of the Capitol, while counter protesters gathered. The Confederate protesters doubtless were thankful that police showed up to protect them … many of whom were African American, by the way.
Although some of the Confederate heritage protesters had pledged to march on the White House, that was not to be. Rather, the event began to disintegrate and the clump of protesters began to dissolve. Most of those who remained commenced a change of base northward to … wait for it … Union Station, with their antagonists in close pursuit.
Not everyone was carrying a Confederate flag in support of Confederate heritage.
Here’s a proud southern nationalist. He’s looking forward to a future not unlike the glorious Confederate past. Did you know that the Confederate flag can double as a scarf? I know someone who’ll be interested in finding that out.
The counter protesters had captured a Confederate flag, which they shredded, while someone attempted to set fire to it.
You can watch the retreat here:
You can read more about the retreat here.
We are glad that everyone had a nice time in Washington and we hope everyone got home safely.
(The above photographs are courtesy of a friend of the blog.)