News that a giant Confederate flag which will soon fly beside I-95 just south of Richmond, Virginia has delighted many Southerners who are used to hearing of the South’s symbols, songs and flags being under attack in Progressive USA. It has also sparked a backlash from anti-Southern elements, mostly Northern transplants, who are raising money to put up an anti-Confederate billboard near the flag. Now SNN has been brought into the fray. In a recent article for the Chesterfield Observer news editor Michael Buettner quotes from Southern heritage activist and organiser Susan Hathaway’s appearance on the SNN podcast:
Opponents of the display of the flag in general consider it a symbol of slavery and racism, while supporters, including [Susan] Hathaway, say it’s simply a way of honoring ancestors who fought for a cause they believed in.
Hathaway founded the Virginia Flaggers in response to the removal of Confederate battle flags from a memorial in Richmond after control of the property passed to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The group has been staging “flaggings” at the museum regularly for the past couple of years.
In a 2011 interview with the Southern Nationalist Network, a neo-secessionist website, Hathaway said community reaction to the group’s Richmond flaggings “is quite mixed. We get everything from the middle finger and obscenities to congratulations and ‘Keep up the good work.’”
Notice that SNN is described not as a Southern nationalist website or even a secessionist website but as a ‘neo-secessionist’ website. Why the ‘neo’? What is new or old about the concept of independence? Does Buettner describe George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as ‘paleo-secessionists’? Does he describe the Parti Quebecois, Scottish National Party, Vlaams Belang, Lega Nord and other pro-independence parties and organisations around the world as ‘neo-secessionist’? It’s highly doubtful. This is more than likely an attempt to smear SNN and Southern nationalists. In the rhetoric of radical Left-wing groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center terms such as ’neo-secessionist’ and ‘neo-Confederate’ are thrown around haphazardly along with terms such as ‘racist’, ‘terrorist’, ‘neo-Nazi’ and ‘extremist’. These are part of their everyday vocabulary in describing those who do not go along with the anti-Southern and anti-White agenda of the US Left.