Hate Not Heritage: "Flaggers" take center stage at Hatewatch, following the conviction of "Confederate Heritage" terrorists...
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Well folks, it was bound to happen following the conviction of two Confederate heritage terrorists in Georgia. "Flagger" groups celebrity has exponentially grown, as more and more people are finally figuring out that their goal isn't related to "heritage" at all, but hate. Via the Southern Poverty Law Center:
"Almost a month after Dylann Roof murdered nine parishioners at Charleston’s Mother Emmanuel AME church, a convoy of pickup trucks drove by a young African American child’s birthday party hurling racial epithets and pointing firearms. On February 27, 2017, several among the group of “flaggers” were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and violating a state gang act.
The incident occurred in the midst of a heated national debate over the public prominence of the Confederate battle flag (CBF) after Roof was revealed to have posed for a photo with the banner before embarking on his murderous rampage.
The Southern Poverty Law Center documented a spike in rallies and “flaggings” — events where supporters march or ride with the CBF to show their “rebel pride” and “southern heritage” — in the aftermath of the shooting. Groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), Virginia Flaggers and young upstarts like the South Carolina Secessionist Party, all object to perceived attacks on their constructed cultural memory. While the participants at such events are generally older white males, the CBF has found unlikely supporters in a small group of African American neo-Confederates who identify with the banner."
The piece continues:
"Discussing the sentencing of the individuals who participated in the Douglas County armed confrontation, Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Worker’s Party described the flagging incident that spurred it as “not a white nationalist Confederate flag rally” but a “multicultural one, a ‘Rainbow Confederate’ one”.
In a video, titled “The Constitution Does Not Apply To White People,” Heimbach stated that the event was one where:
“…the South wasn’t about fighting for the great Anglo-Saxon Southland as George Wallace would say, or as many of our founders and the men who actually fought said, that they were fighting for white interests, and of course the creator of the Confederate Battle flag said that it was a white man’s flag. But that doesn’t matter to “Rainbow Confederates”. Much like conservatives, they care more about an agenda, about freedom and enlightenment era principles, instead of what the history is.”"
"Hatewatch does not list heritage groups like the SCV or Virginia Flaggers as hate groups, though they choose to spend their time and money valorizing the darker parts of our history. Yet in their effort to gloss over the legacy of slavery in the South, these groups strengthen the appeal of Lost Cause mythology, opening the door for violent incidents spurred by the rhetoric of cynical individuals like Michael Hill and Matt Heimbach when the public prominence of those icons is threatened.
That this climate emboldened a group demanding blacks “respect the flag” to terrorize a young girl’s birthday party should come as no surprise."
Well actually, the part about not listing "heritage" groups as hate groups isn't exactly accurate, as ACTBAC out of North Carolina, was recently named as a hate group on the SPLC's yearly count of Right-wing extremists.
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Ironically, Heimbach was a guest on the white nationalist podcast "The Right Voice", just last night. You may recall that the host of the podcast messaged, via Connie Chastain's personal Facebook page a few nights ago, that he was presumably "private messaging" Chastain, even though she has sworn up and down that the "heritage" movement has no connection to white nationalism. Sure... Heritage and hate go hand in hand. Where you find one, you're certain to find the other. Lest we forget!
Restoring the honor!