This image appears in a new book about Forsyth County’s history and its struggle to remain an overwhelmingly white community through the 1990s. I have not read it, but plan on doing so very soon. It’s the image and its timing that strikes me as significant.
Taken in 1987 it connects the battle flag’s history as a potent symbol of “massive resistance” during the civil rights era with its increasing visibility in recent years, including its presence at Donald Trump rallies.
As I have stated before in connection with so many other incidents, it is no accident that this group embraced the battle flag as its symbol of resistance in the 1980s. They embraced a symbol whose connection to the preservation of white supremacy extended back to 1861. No other symbol can convey such a powerful and unmistakable message.