Brooks Simpson is having some fun with what he has dubbed the 2013 Confederate Heritage Follies Countdown. Lord knows he’s got plenty of material to work with. I suspect that the SCV and/or Virginia Flaggers will crack the top five.
I’ve been known to have a good laugh at the expense of both organizations, but it is worth acknowledging that every so often the Virginia Flaggers and Sons of Confederate Veterans manage to do something that actually advances the cause of Confederate heritage and history. This past week the planets must have been properly aligned because both organizations hit the mark in the same week.
Earlier last week the SCV donated $25,000 to keep the 13-acre Jefferson Davis Memorial Historical Site open after budget concerns threatened to shut it down. My guess is that both heritage supporters and the general public alike appreciate their efforts to preserve the park.
The Virginia Flaggers somehow found time in their faux Confederate flag campaign to clean up a section of Hollywood Cemetery, which happens to be one of my favorite spots in Richmond. What I find interesting and somewhat disappointing is that the Flaggers apparently made no attempt to publicize the event. In comparison with the attention they sought for their silly Confederate flag off of I-95 – that to this day remains largely invisible – this cleanup actually contributes to the community and the preservation of the city’s history and heritage. Either way, I support and applaud their efforts.
They seem to have an unfortunate gift for standing in their own light. There is so much to do in terms of preserving Virginia’s real Civil War sites and artifacts (a friend of mine, a Virginia resident, once said, bitterly, that Virginia DID care about preserving its Civil War sites, that’s why it kept covering them with cement.) that it’s sad that they waste their energy on these contrived controversies.