Word comes today that fellow blogger, Corey Meyer, has decided to shut down his blog after experiencing what can only be described as an act of intimidation at his workplace, which happens to be a school. Apparently, a Confederate flag was hoisted up a flag pole and tied to a bag of coal along with a note near the school.
Although, on occasion Corey commented on this site, I never included a link to his on my blogroll. From his farewell message:
Needless to say this was an inappropriate act…however the flag will serve as a nice welcome mat for my students to wipe their feet as they enter my classroom for the next week. Then it will be burnt.
Let’s just say that I was not a fan of The Blood of My Kindred and leave it at that.
Regardless of my lack of enthusiasm I join others in condemning the act. While I suspect that the targets of Corey’s posts will rejoice over his decision to shut down his blog, I wonder how they will react to the use of a Confederate flag.
What I would like to know from Corey’s detractors and others in the Southern heritage community is whether they believe that this represented an appropriate use of the flag. We are constantly being lectured by this crowd that the meaning of the flag has been hijacked over the years by various individuals and groups. Well, where does this little act stand?
If you ask me, the very attempt to intimidate someone with a Confederate flag who has been labelled a threat to and enemy of Southern/Confederate heritage does little more than reinforce a growing belief among Americans across the country that the public display of this flag ought to be limited to private property.