On November 14, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts concluded its second day of hosting InLight on the museum grounds, including a light and sound display at the War Memorial Chapel. Once more several Virginia Flaggers showed up to protest the event, although visitors reported that less than ten Flaggers appeared (an assessment seemingly confirmed by photographs taken by Flagger photographer Judy Smith, which reveal that not so many Flaggers were “mad enough” after all).
We learned that Tripp Lewis did show up on Friday, where he spent his time honoring the service of Confederate soldiers by threatening to sue Goad Gatsby, who thus joins a long list of people Tripp Lewis has threatened to sue. Tripp apparently also threatened Goad with police arrest, a process with which Tripp is familiar.
Gee, Tripp, how did those court cases turn out?
Among the missing, however, was Grayson Jennings, who asked his fellow Confederate heritage advocates whether they were “mad enough yet,” then apparently absented himself for the very protest he announced, suggesting that either he wasn’t so mad, or he simply didn’t care.
Also among the missing was Susan Frise Hathaway, who had told her fellow Confederate heritage advocates to “rise up” and make their feelings known. Hathaway was in Richmond Saturday, selling Flagger paraphernalia at a local show … but she failed to make an appearance at the VMFA either evening. Guess what happens at the VMFA is no longer of much importance to her, now that she can’t have her picture taken there.
Or at least that is what we thought, until the webmaster of the Virginia Flaggers declared that “Susan has a very good working relationship with her employer …”
Well, now, since the VF webmaster has decided to mention this issue, we do recall that Hathaway works for an architectural firm that has been retained by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Rumors circulated in Virginia that Hathaway’s disappearance from the sidewalk of the VMFA might have something to do with her concern that she might lose her job if she did not cease her activities at the VMFA.
We previously expressed the belief that it would be unfair for Hathaway’s employer to fire her because she expressed her views on Confederate heritage at the VMFA. Oddly, the Flaggers and their supporters did not join us in our advocacy of protecting Hathaway from retaliation for expressing her views. Indeed, they thought we wanted her fired. Coming from a group whose supporters have contacted employers in the past, this was amusing.
Now, however, we’ve been assured that Susan Hathaway has “a good working relationship with her employer.” Given that, we believe that her employer would not object to her protesting in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This leaves us to wonder why she remains too skeered to do so … or maybe she’s too busy going on speaking tours and accepting awards to “rise up” and make her sentiments known. Maybe she’s outgrown the protesting at the VMFA. Now she chooses to “rise up” to accept awards … and nothing else.
Or maybe she just talks a good game, but expects others to do the hard work, especially as the weather turns colder.
In any case, we expect that Susan “No Show” Hathaway will remain silent, and let an ailing woman down in Pensacola do her heavy hitting for her … because she knows she can’t defend her own actions. That’s a sad commentary on someone who is supposed to be at the forefront of the Confederate heritage movement … “one of the most admired and appreciated people in the entire heritage community.”
Doesn’t say much for that community that someone who isn’t as good as her word is regarded as a shining light … just not at InLight 2015. To have her own webmaster confirm that there’s no reason for her cowardice and inability to do what she tells others to do is remarkable.
Meanwhile, we hear that the exhibit, far from being a “trippy funhouse,” was a success at sparking serious reflection on the chapel and its meaning, which is more than the Virginia Flaggers have been able to achieve.