What kind of civil war historian, or any other kind of historian, occupies himself with monitoring and trashing currently existing heritage organizations, and plasters his blog with gleeful disparagement of them?
Well, one example is a man who crafts a mission for his civil war blog that far exceeds history. Indeed, instead of naming his blog Civil War History, he names it Civil War Memory. Thus, if there is something he wishes to discuss (or "discuss") on his blog, all he has to do is find or fabricate some connection between it and "how the civil war is remembered."
Since January 14, Flogger Kevin Levin has posted no less than three blog entries with "Virginia Flaggers" in the title. In one of them, he cites a hate piece he wrote about the Flaggers for the ultra-leftist e-mag, The Daily Beast. I pretty much tore up that piece, examining his methods and the motives behind what he wrote, and you can read it here: http://polygraff.blogspot.com/2016/09/kevin-levin-not-journalist-not.html
On January 16, his most morbidly gleeful headline is posted, which reads, Virginia Flaggers Outflanked and Annihilated. It is interesting that he uses far less inflammatory words in the post itself -- upstaged and defeated, which hardly means "annihilated" -- and the post actually acknowledges two Flagger victories, positive coverage by the press and the raising of another immense Confederate Memorial Flag in Lexington (the fourth in that significant Confederate town). I wonder how much this confused his readers....
But I find his use of "annihilate" in the headline the most interesting, and telling. Some synonyms for "annihilate" at Dictionary.com are: eradicate, exterminate, obliterate, liquidate, massacre, slaughter. If asked, he would probably say he meant the Flagger organization. But just as he interprets big flags by the highway to be defeat for the Flaggers (it isn't), I interpret his use of these words to reveal his agreement with the hatred for white Southerners that has characterized the USA on some level, for generations, and his latent approval of the union's desire to utterly destroy the white South.
I can't help but be reminded of Mrs. Kevin's wishing early death for heritage people (or maybe all white Southerner?) from unhealthy diets, because some people -- including herself and her husband -- misconstrued a meme about an Obama. http://mybacksass.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-wish-for-early-croakin.html
Annihilate... very tolerant and inclusive word, is it not?