George Zimmerman, Flagger?

You may recall George Zimmerman as the person who shot and killed Trayvon Martin several years ago, claiming that he was standing his ground and all that. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder … and then he started getting into trouble fairly often.

Now he’s found a new way to cash in on his fame (or infamy) … by painting Confederate flags with a message:

Not exactly celebrating the service and sacrifice of Confederate soldiers, is it?

No word on when various flagging groups will welcome Zimmerman as a fellow flaggers.

Documenting Confederate Heritage Controversies

Some historians shrug when they hear of debates over Confederate heritage (unless, in some cases, there’s a chance to be quoted in the newspaper or on a website or even–gasp!–interviewed in true sage scholarly fashion). But other people actually understand that documenting what has been happening this year is essential to understanding how Americans today think about the American Civil War and Confederate heritage. I’m calling attention to two of those efforts.

First, the Washington Post has shared a graphic from the Southern Poverty Law Center that shows users where Confederate heritage demonstrations have taken place and the number of people involved in them. Kevin Levin’s already offered his take here.

Second, Professor Kurt Luther at Virginia Tech is tracking reports of vandalism against Confederate monuments.

I’m sure that sometime in the future someone will also begin tracking reports of incidents involving the display of Confederate flags and other icons on private property. The pace of such reports has picked up in the past several months. It should go without saying that such acts challenge (and in my opinion violate) First Amendment protections, and that taking matters into your own hands (especially when it involves violence or destructive acts) is wrong. Nor do I care for acts of vandalism against Confederate monuments. Reasonable and fair-minded people already knew this.

What do you make of these exercises and the information they impart?

What Would Victory Look Like For Confederate Heritage?

Several weeks ago a well-known Confederate apologist blogger posted one of her many efforts at communication through graphics:


To be sure, it wasn’t quite as effective as this commentary on recent debates over Confederate heritage, but still, it’s worth considering on what we will generously term its own merits.

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Would You Like to Make Some Money Off Confederate Heritage? Here’s How …

We are coming to the end of another summer. Children are returning to school, and Labor Day will mark the traditional end of summer break, even if in some cases school has been in session for weeks.

One of the traditional Hollywood staples for many years was the summer camp movie. The story was always the same: there was a camp where people met, bonded, and found out the meaning of life despite themselves, sometimes by scoring a tremendous victory over a rival camp populated by privileged kids. You know exactly what I mean …

… or this …

… or some others …

… except those horror movies.

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On Target or Mockery?

Back when the Confederate Battle Flag flew on the grounds of the South Carolina state house … a long, long time ago … the humor website Funny or Die put up this video about what was then a controversy and is now ancient history.

What do you make of the representation of South Carolinians in the video?

Note that, aside from the rather flexible “Senator Graham,” that no whites are shown in opposition to the continued flying of the flag. Is this how people are going to remember this affair, even in humor?

Will the Virginia Flaggers Stand Behind C. C. Lesters?

Yesterday brought news that authorities had arrested Carlos C. Lesters in connection with the kidnapping of Lilly Baumann by her mother, Megan Everett, who was Lesters’s girlfriend when Lilly disappeared.

The Virginia Flaggers and their supporters were loud in denouncing those who brought public attention to the kidnapping. They denied that the Virginia Flaggers had anything to do with the kidnapping. Indeed, the mouthpiece of the Virginia Flaggers denied that a kidnapping had even taken place.

Insofar as Mr. Lesters is concerned, they appear to have been wrong, very wrong.

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