The Lost Cause Loses in Lexington
Confederate Flag Used as Symbol of "Massive Resistance" in Public Schools During Civil Rights Movement
While I am much more interested in how many t-shirts H.K. Edgerton sold, I would remiss if I didn’t note for the record that the City Council of Lexington voted last night to maintain the ordinance preventing the display of the Confederate flag on city street poles. The Sons of Confederate Veterans have made a big deal about this, but the issue was never whether the flag could be displayed in parades and other venues. In fact, the ordinance doesn’t change much of anything in terms of the visibility of the flag.
What will be lost on most people is that while the local SCV put on a good show the city council allowed the residents of Lexington to speak first and it looks like the majority (both black and white) supported the maintaining of the ordinance. Ultimately, this is a local issue. Public spaces that commemorate the past have always reflected the will of the people – more specifically, the will of those who are given a voice in local government. I suspect that very few people in Lexington have any desire to push their rich history under a rug. What they are saying is that the public display of the Confederate flag on poles that are supported by their own tax dollars do not reflect their values. No doubt, many will take up the mantle of victimization, but that is not what this is about.
Don’t worry boys, it looks like the ACLU may come to your rescue.