By Colin Woodward
Since many people have commented here recently on the Virginia Flagger issue, I’ve posted a link to Kevin Levin, who has more on the controversy, especially the UDC’s take on it. Apparently, the UDC is annoyed by the Flaggers as everyone else. http://cwmemory.com/2012/03/15/a-relic-of-the-past/
While I agree with Kevin that this issue is a “relic of the past,” I don’t see this as some kind of last gasp of the Confederate battle flag crowd. I think as long as there is a South, there will be those who want to fly “Dixie” and don’t care about who it offends.
In other formerly Confederate cities, such as I the one I live in, things are not as weird as in Richmond. You don’t see Rebel flags flying from buildings. But, the defenders of “Dixie” are out there. The other day, I saw some guy with a Confederate flag bumper sticker that said “I’m Offended that Your Offended.” Well.
Colin Woodward is a historian and archivist. He is the author of Marching Masters, Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War (University of Virginia Press, 2014). He is writing a second book on Johnny Cash.