Non-Southern supporters cheer proposal
In response to the announced upcoming raising of a large Confederate flag just outside of Richmond, Virginia along I-95, Councilman Jon Baliles is pushing the idea of posting an anti-Southern billboard message near the flag. Mr Baliles recently posted the message on his Facebook page along with a picture of the proposed billboard which reads ‘This is RVA. Not the CSA.’ Supporters of Mr Baliles quickly responded with anti-Southern comments endorsing the idea:
Tom Manthey of Billings, Montana wrote: ‘Not the CSA needs to be larger!’
Tim Lynch of Arlington, Ohio (who now lives in Hollywood, Florida) writes: ‘The American swastika.’
Kristen Gray, the owner of Eric Schindler Gallery and who is married to Ramzi Hossaini, writes: ‘think it needs to be more direct. “Not The CSA” is too small. And I agree with Ruthie Roberts half or even more won’t get it. That red in the huge confederate flag will be remembered, not a little blue square…. I’m going to think on this.’
Mariane Matera of Elmont, New York writes: ‘CSA bigger and spelled out, definitely’
Adelina Gonzales writes: ‘Hate to say it, but I’ve lived in VA for 12 years and had to ask what CSA stood for. Definitely should spell it out and make it bigger.’
In reviewing the comments in support of Mr Baliles it is difficult to miss the fact that many of the strongest supporters of the planned anti-Southern billboard are not from Virginia or the South. One commenter from Ohio (who now unfortunately resides in Florida) even compares the most recognisable Southern historical and cultural symbol with the swastika of Nazi Germany. The historical ignorance of such a comparison is appalling but it does help to make clear the intolerance for Southern identity and symbolism found among at least some of Mr Baliles’ most vocal fans.
In recent years the massive influx of non-Southerners into Virginia has transformed the formerly conservative Southern State into a political toss-up in US presidential elections. As well, much of the Commonwealth, especially the northern counties near Washington, DC, are now demographically largely non-Southern. The native Southern people of the area have been demographically displaced. The people of Richmond have also borne the burden of outside repopulation of a significant part of their city. Along with the massive demographic changes have come political and cultural changes. As well, since a 1977 Federal court ruling the city has had a Black majority government, imposing a Left-wing and anti-Southern agenda upon Southerners in the former Confederate capital. Mr Baliles apparently supports this dramatic change, saying in a campaign video featured on his website, ‘Richmond has transformed immensely in recent years and our challenge now is to make it even better.’ Apparently putting up anti-Southern billboards around Richmond is one way Baliles believes he can make the city ‘even better’.