Update #2: Here is the latest. The university issued the following statement: “According to our Office of Public Safety, our officers reported four occasions when they interacted with individuals who were participating in the July 26 rally sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in downtown Lexington. The officers characterized all of these interactions as respectful. They did not record names or ages of any of the individuals.”
Update: Local news is looking into this incident and supposedly talked to the child in question. I leave it to you to decide whether the voice on the tape sounds like a 15-year old. Even if it is we still have no names, no faces… basically no real evidence.
Southern heritage advocates such as the Virginia Flaggers and Sons of Confederate Veterans love to talk about and claim to live by a Southern code of honor that I assume includes integrity and honesty. Yesterday a post appeared on the Facebook page of the Virginia Flaggers accusing “the Police” of harassing a 15-year old boy who merely wanted to visit the Lee Chapel on the campus of Washington and Lee University. It has since appeared on a number of websites.
Today Brandon Dorsey of The Stonewall Brigade Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans in Lexington issued a statement demanding that the president of W&L apologize to this individual. Since the post appeared not one piece of evidence, including names, photographs, or video have appeared to substantiate these charges. In other words, there is absolutely no reason to believe this story. Dorsey simply quotes the passage from the initial post without question. At least one local news outlet has picked up the story.
These are the same people who with a straight face claim to be living according to a higher moral code. They claim to be defending a heritage that is reflected in the perfect character of none other than Robert E. Lee.