Why am I not surprised that Virginia Flagger, Grayson Jennings, has taken to social media to vent about my appearance in Petersburg this past week for the 150th anniversary of the battle of the Crater. As I mentioned in my last post, he had every opportunity to engage me following my talk on Friday evening, which was recorded by C-SPAN and slated to air the week of August 18. The potential was there for a very public challenge to the specifics of what I had to say and to my presence generally. Instead, we were treated to SILENCE.
Instead, we have this confused and revealing rant about race that very quickly spiraled into all kinds of fantasies that ultimately tell us much more about Mr. Jennings and his merry band of followers than anything about me.
Just a couple of points.
- I spent the week at a Hampton Inn on South Crater Road, just south of the city.
- Contrary to Mr. Willie Earl Wells’s memory I was not given a table to sign books at the crater site. I did spend about an hour yesterday morning at the visitor center to sign books. Mr. Wells will be happy to hear that I signed 8 books. As for the encounter that he described, well, I will leave that to you.
- Mr. Dunn will be happy to hear that the park service in Petersburg sold most of their stock of my book by the end of the week.
Again, I have to say that I am feeling so let down by the Virginia Flaggers.