SPLC Invents False Claim of League of the South Hypocrisy
League of the South participates In “Marching Through Oxford” rally at Ole Miss in August 2014
The SPLC has written a ridiculous article about the League of the South’s position on the Confederate Battle Flag. They have also cited this website and misrepresented my position on the Confederate Battle Flag and Southern heritage issues.
For the past two years now, my position on the Confederate Battle Flag has been that it should only be used at heritage related events. That’s because the Confederate Battle Flag is a symbol of Southern heritage and should be displayed in that context. Thus, I have opposed the use of the Confederate Battle Flag at immigration rallies and gay marriage protests as inappropriate, but I have supported its use in the case of “heritage violations,”such as the renaming of Confederate Drive at Ole Miss.
The SPLC, of course, knows this because it sent one of its own bloggers to Oxford last summer who walked with us during the March through Oxford, MS while we carried Confederate Battle Flags. When the ceremonial Confederate Battle Flags were removed from Robert E. Lee’s tomb at Washington & Lee University, the League of the South participated in a protest in Lexington, VA.
In fact, I have been involved in four separate actions in recent months related to the Confederate Battle Flag before Dylann Roof’s shooting spree in Charleston:
But Atlanta was hardly my first rodeo: in June 2010, I personally drove to Columbia, SC to participate in a Confederate Battle Flag demonstration at the South Carolina Statehouse. The purpose of that rally, which was co-sponsored by the Council of Conservative Citizens, was to defend the Confederate Battle Flag that was taken down this morning as crowds of negroes cheered and shouted “USA, USA, USA!”
Although I haven’t had the chance to write at any length about it, I am hopeful that the meaning of the Confederate Battle Flag is changing again. The SPLC is correct that I have long opposed the debauchery of the Confederate Battle Flag, which has lost a lot of its currency since the 1970s by its overuse in minstrel shows like The Dukes of Hazzard, or for instance in tasteless and tacky swimwear, or by various rock stars, etc. It has also become, so to speak, a harmless subcultural symbol of “Redneck Pride,” and in doing so had lost its broader appeal and much of its former meaning. To be perfectly honest,“Cooter” and the Dukes putting around in the General Lee neutered the symbol and made it conjure forth images of Larry the Cable Guy rather than dashing, chivalrous gentleman warriors in the mold of J.E.B. Stuart, Wade Hampton III, or Robert E. Lee.
Now, I believe that is starting to change. The Confederate Battle Flag is becoming the preeminent symbol of opposition to political correctness, states’ rights, rebellion against the federal government, and the total rejection of Americanism. In the long run, I believe the symbol will benefit from losing much of its mainstream cachet. Unlike the American flag, which is worn by Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian, the Confederate Battle Flag will actually stand for something meaningful.
The Confederate Battle Flag is now an outlaw symbol. I don’t think that is a bad thing. It’s a symbol of heritage and rebellion – a symbol that I expect more White Southerners will grasp for the right reasons in the years ahead.