As of this writing, 64 comment have been posted in reply. I've skimmed post and comments, and while they don't warrant an in-depth analysis and discussion, a few things deserve mention.
First, who is "we"? I don't see it defined? Is "we" Confederacy-haters? The general public? People in the USA? On Planet Earth? In the entire flippin' universe?
Second, what's the point of the exercise? To reach a consensus and then try to force that "how" on everyone? What if the consensus violates Free Speech (i.e., getting the feds involved in dictating the "how")? What if the consensus is something Confederacy-haters disagree with?
Unless something concrete results, this question, and the replies, are so much wasted bandwidth -- the digital equivalent of hot air.
The only entry in the comment thread that really catches my eye comes from Michael Rodgers, who sez,
"Flaggers’ main argument is that Confederate flags shouldn’t be removed from where they are flying anachronistically and against protocol because they have been flying at those places anachronistically and against protocol for some time (perhaps decades).Actually, the Flaggers' main argument applies to only one instance -- two battle flags on the facade of the Pelham Chapel. But what I really want to address is his carping on "anachronistically and against protocol".
"Flaggers argue that taking the Confederate flags down from where they fly anachronistically and against protocol is somehow an admission of tarnishment of their flag that sends us all on a slippery slope of tarnishment that must result, they argue, in the taking down the Stars and Stripes too (slave ships and all that). Since that last step is nonsensical (they don’t bother to argue, but that’s the drift), we shouldn’t ever take down any flags that the previous generations ever flew regardless of how anachronistic or against protocol the flying was."
Dictionary.com says anachronistically relates to anachronism, the entry for which is:
a·nach·ro·nismWell, golly, that makes the Chapel itself an anachronism.
[uh-nak-ruh-niz-uhm] Show IPA
1. something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time: The sword is an anachronism in modern warfare.
2. an error in chronology in which a person, object, event, etc., is assigned a date or period other than the correct one: To assign Michelangelo to the 14th century is an anachronism.
And what is an earlier time? Except for the measureless "present moment" all time is an earlier time so everything is an anachronism....
Okay, enough silly philosophizing, My question is -- are Confederate battle flags the only objects, the display of which must be determined by, um, chronisity (to coin a term)? If so, why? If not, what else should chronisity apply to?
And as for "against protocol" -- who sets protocol, and what are their credentials/authority? The VMFA? As far as I can determine, the VMFA's raison d'être. is art, not history.
Here's another question I'd love to have answered. Since the VMFA had no problem for YEARS with the SCV displaying flags anachronistically and against protocol on the Pelham Chapel -- why did they suddenly, out of the blue, up and decide to prohibit them? How did that process take place and what caused it?
While Rodgers doesn't mention this, others have mention the "historical inaccuracy" of nylon flags (as if they know the fiber content of all flags flown by heritage advocates). But who's to say that either side, or both, during the war wouldn't have ordered and used nylon or even polyester flags if those fibers had been available?
IMO, Rodgers is nit-picking, as anti-flag, anti-Confederates are wont to do. They pick and choose what is history, and then declare that anyone who thinks differently, who has a different view -- and who's activities and activism do not conform to their arbitrary views -- are not 'historically accurate" and their views should be drowned out, and their activism hounded out, of existence...