Virginia Flaggers quietly bow out of MLK Day event...
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"In an email to city officials, Grayson Jennings of the Virginia Flaggers said his organization had requested the permit two weeks ago only in an effort to swap parade dates with an anti-racism group that plans to march two days earlier, on Jan. 14, the day that traditionally has been reserved for a parade to celebrate Lee-Jackson Day.
The group, the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative, declined the Flaggers’ proposal to trade parade dates.
“Our sole purpose in requesting a parade permit for Monday, Jan. 16, was to expose the true intentions of the C.A.R.E. Rockbridge group,” Jennings wrote.
“By refusing our offer to switch the dates and allow our parades to be held on the corresponding holidays, they have confirmed that their parade was never intended to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, but was instead a stunt designed solely to disrupt the peaceful memorial observances of Lee-Jackson Day that have taken place in Lexington for decades.”"
Now remember, that's all Flagger spin. The Flaggers think they are strategic masterminds, but clearly, they didn't think this publicity stunt through all of the way before making total fools of themselves. Great job Flaggers! Folks, clearly they miscalculated the anti-racist groups response. I think they really did believe that they could basically blackmail them into switching permits. How did that work out for y'all?
Restoring the honor!