The annual parade in Lexington, Virginia celebrating Lee-Jackson Day is going to look very different today. That’s because the local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp and the Virginia Flaggers were peacefully outgunned by the Community Anti-racism Education Initiative, a local organization, which applied for a permit to reserve the day before the other two organizations. CARE will march to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Flaggers and SCV will march tomorrow. In addition, the Flaggers will raise another roadside battle flag just outside of town. The last flag was raised on the private property of Raymond Agnor, who made his views of African Americans perfectly clear.
In all of the coverage of the Flaggers presence in Lexington what I don’t understand is why the local media in Lexington and Rockbridge County does not do a better job of informing their readers/viewers about their activities and membership.
The Flaggers have protested any number of decisions made by the city and local institutions like W&L, including the removing Confederate flags from public light poles and from inside the Lee Chapel on campus. That is their right, but this organization has welcomed into its ranks some pretty unsavory characters over the years and they have never been called on to answer for it. Local media has a responsibility to report it.