Kevin Levin writes:
“This is about the fact that it was a group of African-American students who successfully petitioned their school to acknowledge their interpretation of the Confederate flag. It is a reminder that African Americans will never subscribe to their preferred interpretation of this history and its iconography.
The Confederate heritage movement has gone to great lengths in recent years to shape their stories to appeal to African Americans and other minorities. This butchering of the Lost Cause narrative likely goes beyond what most Confederates themselves would acknowledge as a realistic depiction of their cause. The rise of the black Confederate narrative in the 1970s is the most obvious example of this revisionist agenda.
In the end groups like the Virginia Flaggers can highlight their black member and post all of the photographs of black passers-by on the Boulevard they want on their websites. The SCV can schedule an unlimited number of appearances with H.K. Edgerton. The racial profile of the students is a reminder that this project has largely been a failure….”
A few years ago, the League of the South itself was “Rainbow” and had an anti-racism statement posted on the Dixienet website. The Rainbows were later toppled within the League which has since committed itself to organic nationalism as its organizing principle.
Two years ago, I used to clash all the time with the Rainbows on Facebook and elsewhere, but we seem to hear less and less from them these days. It peaked around the time the Sons of Confederate Veterans joined forces with the NAACP to protest the Klan in Memphis. The Black Run Memphis city government renamed three Confederate parks in Memphis including the resting place of Nathan Bedford Forrest and the SCV earned nothing but contempt from the black community for that little PC stunt.
Heading into this Lexington protest, I half expected to see a lot of chest thumping online from the usual suspects denouncing the League in order to “prove” the SCV isn’t racist, along with a flurry of propaganda about the alleged existence of “black Confederates.” To my pleasant surprise, nothing of the sort occurred either online or offline in Lexington where League members protested the outrage at Washington and Lee University with the SCV and Virginia Flaggers. For once everyone involved seems to have focused their attention on the real enemies of the South.
Hopefully, the SCV is growing less interested in black eccentrics, who are outliers in the black community, and imaginary “black Confederates,” who never really existed anyway, and more aware of the true antagonistic attitude of black community and “civil rights activists” toward Southern heritage which has recently manifested itself in “the Committee” in Lexington, Rose Sanders and the battle over the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust in Selma, the Memphis City Council, the campaign against the Tom Watson statue and Confederate monuments in Georgia, and the thousands of blacks who rallied in Columbia earlier this year demanding the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol.
How many SCV members have seen the light on Black Run America (BRA) as a result of the self-styled pompous brats of “the Committee” desecrating Marse Robert’s grave? Why wasn’t there any wailing this time about “links” and “associations” with “racists” and evil “white supremacists”?
Has unrequited negrophila finally run its course and begun to taper off in the pro-South movement?