Visualizing Confederate Flag Rallies
The Southern Poverty Law Center has put together a map illustrating where the largest and most frequent Confederate flag rallies have taken place over the summer. According to the article, the largest rallies have taken place in Ocala, Florida, North Carolina and in
Charleston Columbia, South Carolina in July. Most of these rallies are relatively small. In fact, if you really think about it an overall number of 23,000 is pretty insignificant.
Many of these rallies took place in reaction to the removal of a flag or threat thereof, but except in a select few examples they have been completely ineffective in convincing communities to keep their Confederate flags flying. It is certainly easy to exaggerate the significance of these rallies since it only takes a few pick-up trucks or loud motorcycles to attract the attention of local media.
As I pointed out the other day, the only Confederate flags that ought to matter are the ones that continue to come down from public property. That is likely to continue. If some people need to drive around with Confederate flags, I say more power to them. They are doing so in full public view and if this is their way of blowing off steam than it is preferable to other types of responses.
And in case you missed it, The College of William and Mary is removing Confederate imagery from a ceremonial silver mace.
So, the next time you see an individual waving a flag, smile, and wish them a good day.