By Hunter Wallace
It was definitely the most rapturous response from the public that I have ever seen at any of our events.
This afternoon the League of the South used Southern Nationalist and Confederate Battle Flags at a demonstration in Wetumpka, AL. We also used some new signs that condemned “Southern Cultural Genocide” and which explicitly advocated secession and traditional marriage. We usually focus on one specific issue at our events, but this rally was unusual in that it was just straight up “anti-government.”
Interestingly enough, the combination of the Confederate Battle Flag, the anti-genocide message, and the “Secede” signs, which together are far more radical than anything we have ever done, elicited the best response. We held a similar demonstration in the exact some spot last year and the response wasn’t nearly as thunderous.
About 100 people participated in the demonstration which lasted about an hour until it was cut short due to the extreme heat. I believe around 450 Free Magnolias were distributed to the public. After arguing about the use of Confederate Battle Flag for two years on Facebook, the use of both flags in Wetumpka seemed to work well. Both flags were also recently used in Harrison, AR and Stafford, VA.
There is a time and a place to use the Confederate Battle Flag. The recent assault on our heritage combined with a series of major Supreme Court decisions has definitely struck a nerve in the South. In this pivotal summer, all the evidence suggests that Southerners are rethinking their attitude toward the Confederate Battle flag, American patriotism, and secession, and that requires some rethinking on our part. A demonstration that probably would have been considered radical two summers ago now captures the angst about America’s future that is felt in so much of the South.
We’ve come a long way from Lee Greenwood and freedom fries.