The peanut gallery at Crossroads is all abuzz over picture of the Virginia Flaggers with some wet-behind-the-ears college kid identified as a white supremacist... Oh, my gosh, you'd think the Flaggers had done something terrible, like rounding up people and forcing them sit through two showings of Django Unchained or one showing of Miley Cyrus at the MTV Awards....
In this installment of Backsass, let's look at the contributions of ever-so-dignified flogger, Andy Hall, who strives so assiduously to come across as even-handed... He sez:
This was at the Confederate Heritage Parade (a.k.a. the “kill Yankees!” march) in Richmond last year. I’m sure there will be lots of assertions that Heimbach “isn’t a Flagger,” but but he did march in the parade — not just with the Flaggers, but front-and-center, immediately behind the Virginia Flaggers banner (5:50). Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, etc."Just outta curiosity, how many other times has he walked and quacked like a Flagger, Andy? How many times before that march? How many times since? You don't know? YOU DON'T KNOW????? As much as you obsessively focus on Flagger minutia, you DON'T KNOW????? Their photos and videos are all over the Internet, on their blog, Facebook and Youtube, yet you can't find Heimbach anywhere in there since that one march?
You're slippin', Andy. Either that, OR HE HASN'T BEEN WITH THEM AGAIN. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU? THEY HAVE MARCHED AND DEMONSTRATED AND PROTESTED DOZENS AND DOZENS OF TIMES WITHOUT HIM, and only ONE with him? SO WHAT THE FLOCK DOES THAT TELL YOU, ANDY?
Besides, that march was in February 2012. WHERE WERE YOU THEN, ANDY? WHY WAIT UNTIL NOW, SIMPSON? YOU'RE ONLY A FLIPPIN' YEAR AND A HALF LATE! WHY?
Confederate heritage/Southern nationalism slides seamlessly into white nationalism/supremacist advocacy, with lots of people (like Heimbach and his lady friend) in both camps.
I don't have any problem whatsofrickin'ever telling them apart. NOT A BIT. Do you, Andy? Really? With all your learnedness and your powers of discernment, you really find the differences are that hard to spot? Or is it that you are highly motivated to find the differences EASY TO IGNORE?
It’s stretching things to say that the core membership of the Virginia Flaggers shares Heimbach’s rancid views on race, because I don’t think they do. But they would do well to ask themselves why their own activities attract people like Heimbach, and what about their message gives white supremacists reason to believe they’d be welcomed — literally, in this case — within the ranks of their organization.He wasn't "welcomed within the ranks of their organization." Being welcomed within the "ranks" of the organization means being a PART of it, becoming a MEMBER -- not just marching with them at an event where a LOT of OTHER people were ALSO marching, and not marching with them before nor since. You're losing it, Andy, when you use schizoid reasoning like this.
One might ask why those of you who spout gratuitous "anti-racist" rhetoric don't condemn the Wichita Horror, the Knoxville Horror, the murder of Eve Carson, the murder of Lauren Burke,the murder of Antoino Santiago, the murder of Delbert "Shorty" Belton, the murder of Christopher Lane and on and on and on, the way you expect heritage folks to condemn white supremacists like Heimbach, who, as far as I can determine, hasn't MURDERED anybody....
Sooner or later, you fellows are going to goad some "anti-racist" nutcase who's half-crazy with self-righteousness into striking out, and somebody will get hurt, which we would all regret. At least, I'm assuming you'd regret it if somebody got hurt (unless, maybe, they're a white supremacist?) I suggest you ratchet back on the condemnatory and mendacious rhetoric...