UPDATE: See below …
Much has been made of a pledge by the group “Anonymous” to release a list of people supposedly linked to the Ku Klux Klan. Indeed, early in the week, two lists were circulated, one nationally (listing several politicians) and one to selected audiences (which carried the names of many prominent and some less-than-prominent Confederate heritage advocates, including several Virginia Flaggers and their supporters). The former list was quickly disavowed by Anonymous itself, which promised to issue its list on November 5. The latter list became the subject of a denial by Susan Frise Hathaway on the blog of the Virginia Flaggers, as well as scattered commentary by a certain sidekick.
Hathaway’s protest revealed her fundamental hypocrisy, because she declared that no Flagger would behave the same way … overlooking the widely suspected antics of Virginia Flagger Norwood “Tripp” Lewis, who reportedly styled himself “Anonymous CSA” in an effort to go after people. It should be noted that none other than Connie Chastain had no problem with those antics, and hypocrite Hathaway, who rushed to deny that she was a member of a white supremacist group, remained silent when it came to defending Lewis.
Apparently the Flaggers don’t like it when their own tactics are turned against them.
Then came the release of the authorized list yesterday by “Operation KKK.”
It’s worth a look … and some of the names should come as no surprise to readers of this blog.
We await the usual denials.
Connie Chastain offered a characteristic rant in response to this post, but in doing so she slipped, and badly.
So, Chastain denies that Hathaway is a hypocrite … but that means, of course, that Hathaway chose not to defend fellow Virginia Flagger Tripp Lewis against charges that he was “Anonymous CSA.” That’s an interesting admission. Why fail to defend Lewis when she’s so loud defending herself? Interesting …
I guess a Flagger would thus behave in the same way that Susan deplores … which would, of course, make her a hypocrite by not denouncing Lewis as well.
After all, Chastain is the webmaster of the Virginia Flaggers, so it isn’t as if she’s not privy to what goes on, her pretenses to the contrary notwithstanding. That’s why she had no trouble with what Lewis did … and she’s basically fingered him.
Make up your minds, Flaggers. Either defend Lewis or admit you’re hypocrites.
Oh the irony of a secret, anonymous group unmasking supposed Klan members using God knows what methods and standards.
I will note that I don’t see a lot of evidence (and in some cases none) that links a named person to the KKK.