It’s all about Heritage, Not Hate….Right John C. Hall of Dublin, Ga.?
We constantly see how the Virginia Flaggers (here) and other Southern Heritage Hystarians are claiming disrespect is being done to the Confederate flag. First by not allowing it to fly from light poles in Lexington, Virginia and secondly being removed from the Confederate Chapel on the grounds of the VMFA in Richmond. I suppose then, in light of all these “Confederate Flag” violations, the good people of the Virginia Flaggers and “The Gift that Keeps on Giving”…the SHPG would do everything they personally could to respect the Confederate flag…right?
No…Not really. What is respectable use of the confederate flag is subject to who is using and how it is used. As you can see from the picture above of Robert Mestas (Defending the Heritage) it is perfectly fine to design a vest from the flag and wear it (and that bow tie) at the SCV’s National Reunion in Vicksburg, MS.. I mean where else would you wear such finery?
What this really tells us about the three folks below is that they are nothing more than hacks. They are the equivalent of kids in the 6th grade showing up to a party because they are seen as the “cool” kids because they make the biggest racket on the “playground” of “heritage defense”. I am sure Susan Hathaway is there because of her Virginia Flaggers work, but if she was really all about respecting and honoring the confederate flag she should be horrified by Robert’s vest…as too should be the SCV’s. But I am sure he will be welcomed with open arms because this is Heritage, not History.
The other day Kevin over at Civil War Memory posted some comments on his visit to the Confederate Memorial Chapel at the VMFA in Richmond Virginia. In the comments section, Grayson Jennings, a flagger, made this comment…
Kevin is spot on as to why no one takes the flagger seriously. The flaggers have been out front of the VMFA for nearly 76 weeks to no avail despite numerous new members joining the ranks. The other day the flaggers were witnesses to a tour group going through the chapel…as you can see from the photo at the top of this post. The picture got me to thinking that if the flaggers are really serious about the history of the chapel and care for the history of the men who lived there they would do something more constructive than just stand on the street with their flags. But that is not what they are about…I know it and so do they.
What would be nice to see is the flaggers taking a more proactive stance towards the history of the chapel and the men who lived there. I have heard that the chapel is not open as much as some would like (Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday) and the flaggers have a perfect opportunity to volunteer their time to open up the chapel and allow more people to learn its history. Obviously there would need to be historical supervision by the VMFA or a local University or historical society since it is plainly obvious the flaggers are not history oriented, but what better way to not only keep the history of the chapel and the old veterans alive as well as work with the VMFA instead of working against them.
Seems like a win, win situation…what say you Virginia Flaggers?
Sometimes while surfing the net for anything I can use in my Current Events class I come across news items that just cannot be passed up. The other day The Blaze ran a story about The Most Bible-Minded Cities in the US and of course those most bible-minded were in the south and the least in the Northeast. Not surprising to my readers I am sure. Here is the article and the graphic that they used in the article…
I thought the first comment on the site, though very stereotyped, it was very interesting to note…
“Keith Johnston says:
I think that it is interesting that you used the term ‘Bible-minded’ as opposed to Christian. I’m assuming that is because you, like me, acknowledge that those are two different things. ‘Bible-minded’ areas have more assault rifles, more veneral disease, fewer college graduates, more poverty, and if it were not for the Civil War would probably still have slaves, had to have integration forced upon them. In short, some of the most ‘Bible-minded’ states (like Mississippi) are the least Christian.”
I began to wonder why the south is the way it is in this respect. I honestly don’t have the answer and I don’t think it is all about religion. But then I came upon this piece at Mother Jones.
5. Slave masters were nice guys: “A few slave holders were undeniably cruel. Examples of slaves beaten to death were not common, neither were they unknown. The majority of slave holders treated their slaves well.”—United States History for Christian Schools, 2nd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 1991
Now that comment makes perfect sense and maybe, just maybe it is not so stereotyped after all. What do you think?
Here are some more links to some other related stories…Sigh!
I have been wanting to read this book for some time and since I just finished several books that were partially read in the past I thought it would be good to start a book and read it through. I tend to have the bad habit of starting a book and then finding something else to read before that one is finished, so I end up with up with several books in the process of being read.
I have also noted that for the last year or so most of my reading has been on Sherman’s fighting in Georgia. Maybe it is due to the fact that my ancestor on my mother’s side fought with Sherman in Georgia and the Carolinas. It could also be because I believe that the Western Theater of the war was just as important as the Eastern Theater in the winning of the war.
All of this is also taking place while my U. S. Hisotry Students are working on a research paper on a soldier from the area in which I teach and most of those men were in the Western armies. However during my search of the local cemeteries I was surprised to find numerous soldiers from out East who must have migrated out West after the war and are buried here.
With that in mind what I found interesting about the first couple of pages of War Like the Thunderbolt by Russell S. Bond was a discription of those Midwestern soldiers.
“In all, Sherman’s veteran soldiers, most of them rough-edged Midwestern farmers back home, made up what one prominent military historian would call with breathless overstatement ” quite literally the most impressive and deadly body in the history of armed conflict”. Firsthand witnesses applied different and more realistic superlatives. A surgeon in Mississippi the year before, for example, had described Sherman’s army as “the noisiest crowd of profane-swearing, dram-drinking, card-playing, song-singing, reckless, impudent daredevils in the world”". (p. 6)
Yep…sounds like us Midwesterners. I am looking forward to the rest of this book.