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Confederate Flags at the Hanover Tomato Festival?

A number of local Richmond news outlets have decided to focus on an insignificant event at the annual Hanover Tomato Festival over the weekend. WTVR-6 has posted an interview with a local man who was upset because some people were walking around with Confederate flags.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans passed out the Confederate flags as a symbol of Southern Heritage.

Some find the flag offensive, and for good reasons, while others see it as a proud symbol og their ancestry, for equally good reasons.

Ironically, Rodney White, identified as a minority advocate, claims the flag represents servitude and repression.

White’s solution? To repress the rights of those that see the flag as a symbol of their heritage by not allowing Confederate flags in the future.

Much of the animosity towards the flag comes from the symbol being co-opted by various groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists. But it is not the flag that is offensive, it is the groups themselves. And while it is regrettable that the flag was used in this manner, to others it is a symbol of pride and defiance in the face of overwhelming odds.

Rodney White exhibits intolerance and repression and believes his right to not be offended trumps another’s rights to be proud of their heritage.

That’s the thing about rights. If you must deny someone else their rights in order for you to feel good, then it is probably something you need to work on.

Diversity can be a wonderful thing. A free exchange of ideas and culture can benefit all. We can’t pick and choose with diversity. You either take the whole package – good and bad – or none at all.

When I hear King Samir Shabazz say “You want freedom? You’re gonna have to kill some crackers! You’re gonna have to kill some of they babies!”, I am very offended. And although his words are most likely over the line between inciting violence and free speech, he is still allowed to spew his hatred.

There was no indication in the report by WTVR-6 nor any accusations from White that there were any derogatory actions or intent on the part of anyone at the Festival with or without flags. Many in attendance probably graduated from Lee Davis High School as Confederates.

People like Rodney White must live miserable lives constantly on the lookout for the opportunity to take offense where no ill intent exists. And the chip of racism on his shoulder must get heavy.

Personally, I would not have taken a Confederate flag, but I would have taken an American flag enthusiastically.

Perhaps White and some of his friends will consider a booth at the Tomato Festival next year passing out American flags as the flag of ALL Americans. It might be interesting to see how many people are willing to trade their Confederate flag for the American flag.

As another Rodney once asked, “Can’t we all just get along”?

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

8 Responses to “Confederate Flags at the Hanover Tomato Festival?”

  1. Grayson Jennings says:

    Yes,I am a graduate of Lee-Davis HS
    and FYI the Confederate Battle flag IS an American flag

  2. Tom White says:

    Grayson, it is AN American flag, but it is not THE American flag. Please don’t get me wrong. I applaud the efforts of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to educate people that it is heritage, not hate. That is a message that needs to be heard. For too long people have worked to erase history.

    Lee Davis was not named the Confederates to repress anyone. It was done because political correctness had not yet taken an eraser to history. The Rebels, Indians, Redskins and Chiefs were picked as nicknames to honor, not denigrate.

    Those that would erase these things prefer ignorance to truth. Lies to knowledge.

    I am delighted to see people that proudly display the Confederate flag as a symbol of their heritage. There was a lot of good in the old South, and they (we, for I am Virginia born) should take pride in that.

    For those that only see the bad in Southern Heritage, they should be reminded that America – under the stars and stripes – has done some pretty horrible things, too. WE are the only country to use nuclear weapons, for one. Was that justified? I think so, but many do not.

    While I do not condone the use of the Confederate Battle Flag by hate groups, it IS a symbol of the old South, and should be remembered as such.

    • Beth Fitzpatrixk says:

      FYI The American flag, stars and stripes, is the official flag of the kkk along with the christian flag, read a little and go to the library before posting an incorrect piece of information. Your Confederate Jew, Beth

      • Tom White says:

        Beth:

        A quick search on Google has tons of hits on the KKK’s use of the Confederate flag.

        Here is one http://www.infoplease.com/spot/confederate1.html

        The Confederate battle flag, called the “Southern Cross” or the cross of St. Andrew, has been described variously as a proud emblem of Southern heritage and as a shameful reminder of slavery and segregation. In the past, several Southern states flew the Confederate battle flag along with the U.S. and state flags over their statehouses. Others incorporated the controversial symbol into the design of their state flags. The Confederate battle flag has also been appropriated by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist hate groups. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 500 extremist groups use the Southern Cross as one of their symbols.

  3. I was raised in several different states and in two foreign
    countries – seen alot of flags, but think the Confederate
    flag is by far fairest of them all. It speaks of unsurmountable
    pride and dignity.

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  5. rebel pride says:

    slavery exsisted longer under the United States Flag than it ever existed under the Confederate States of America. and dont go degrading the Cross of St Andrew, I believe the Scottish would be equally upset. it is a cross of a SAINT and of their heritage.

  6. Bthorn53 says:

    Type your comment here.What is wrong with you people, we may offend the black man on food stamps !! How awful this is !!!! lol lol lol Your tax dollars at work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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