You would think that the Sons of Confederate Veterans would issue a clear statement condemning the way in which these Waldron High School teens have chosen to display the flag. I particularly appreciate the respect shown for the rich heritage associated with this flag by flying it from the back of a pick-up truck while off-road driving. The mud adds a nice touch to the flag. The Confederate soldier certainly appreciates these kids taking the time to remember their sacrifice.
Yep, the future of Southern/Confederate heritage is in good hands.
Next month I am scheduled to give a talk in Walpole, Massachusetts as part of their Civil War 150 commemoration. In my discussion with the event organizer I was reminded of a story I read a few years ago about a resident who lives next to the high school’s football field and displays a large Confederate flag facing the campus. The story is not just about this neighbor’s flag, but about the school’s own use of the Confederate flag and other symbols. Continue reading →
Looks like I was wrong. Dem. Governor Terry McAuliffe has no plans to issue a proclamation recognizing April as Confederate History Month. My guess is that the vast majority of Virginians will not lose any sleep over this decision.
This is Stephen Walker, who earned a BA in history at Longwood University and an MA in history at Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently teaches history at Southside Virginia Community College.