Actual Flag will be the Confederate Naval Jack
Mouthpiece of the Virginia Flaggers, Connie Chastain/Ward/Reb responded to comments made by Brooks Simpson and Kevin Levin in regards to the I-95 flag going up near Richmond, Virginia. Brooks and Kevin claim that it is problematic that the flag will have no context in its display and that this omission will allow people to apply whatever context they want to this display of the Virginia Flaggers sacred object. Connie claims there is plenty of context…
“Without context? It’s a Confederate flag flying near the capital of the Confederacy! How much more flippin’ context do you need? Well, here’s some more for ya — it’s push back against the onslaught to remove all artifacts of the Confederacy from the Southern landscape and all traces of it from American memory.
People who are whinging and moaning and bellyaching about the flag going up should have thought about the possibility that such actions as this would happen when they were happily scrubbing the South of all things Confederate.
Is that context enough for ya? And it doesn’t even mention the context of honoring the soldiers of Virginia (and the South) who fought and died beneath that, and other, Confederate flags.
Sorry, gentlemen (and I use that term loosely), this project,and the flag at its center have context out the ying yang.”
So what do they really want to honor the Confederate soldier for? Sadly, Connie’s context leaves us with more questions than context. So since Connie nor any of the flaggers are going to bother adding context to the I-95 Confederate flag, I thought I would add some of my own context.
Are Confederate soldiers to be honored for their bravery? Yes, Confederate soldiers were very brave and their deeds are some of the bravest in the annals of history.
Are Confederate soldiers to be honored for the sacrifices they gave? Yes, they sacrificed every thing and lost it all. I don’t feel sorry for them nor should any one else feel sorry for them. They knew what was at stake when they joined the Confederacy and their lost gamble should not cause us to shed a tear of sadness. Sadly, todays Lost Cause Advocates are less reconciled to that loss than the old soldiers were themselves.
Are the Confederate soldiers to be honored for their loyalty? Yes, at least the ones who remained in the army until Appomattox or Bennett Place. The fact that Lee and Johnston keep as large an army as they did until the end is no small feat and should be honored…despite the overall purpose of those armies to the Confederate cause.
However, Connie nor any of the other flaggers bother to add this type of context to the I-95 Confederate flag. Since nature abhors a vacuum I will venture some of my own context for the I-95 flag…
Should the Confederate soldier and his flag be honored for the cause in which they fought?
Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition. [Applause.] This, our new Government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.
I suppose if that is your thing.
Should the Confederate soldier and his flag be honored for creating America’s first, most famous and original Terrorist group…The Ku Klux Klan. Yes. We tend to forget that the KKK was not begun by slaveholders or slave traders but six ex-Confederate soldiers unhappy at the outcome of the war and the new racial status of the country that they found themselves part of due to their failings as soldiers and the success of the their enemy. These men came to symbolize the white resistance to Reconstruction and black rights in the south from the end of the War through the middle of the Twentieth Century. Only then with the downfall of Jim Crow did the emancipationist view of the War begin to be revived and the story of the War began to more complex and yet more complete.
Maybe that is why the Virginia Flaggers want to raise the flag. No, I doubt it…that would require an understanding of history. We know all too well from their actions and comments that history is not first and foremost with this group. It is all about Southern Heritage…and even that is faulty because to them Southern Heritage is only about the four years between 1861 and 1865.
It really is too bad that these folks don’t put their hard work to use…preserving battlefields and artifacts, but then again museums like the Museum of the Confederacy and the NPS are out to get them too.
It really must be tough being a Virginia Flagger…maybe that is why they don’t include context…no time with all the people and groups out to “git’em”.