Recently there has been quite a bit of controversy in Southern Nationalist circles, most of it arising from the planned immigration protest in Georgia later this month. The organizers of the protest have instituted a dress code that includes not wearing Confederate symbols and have indicated that they will be displaying the Southern Nationalism flag and not the Confederate Battle Flag. In addition to the flag issue, there is a generalized new ideas and new tactics for modern times vs. “living in the past” issue going on here. It is hard to characterize this dispute briefly, but the no overt Confederate symbols, the new flag and the new ideas issues are interrelated.
For example see this Facebook debate (which you probably won’t be able to see unless you’re friends with the Palmetto Patriot).
And see this post from Hunter Wallace entitled “Cryptkeepers of the Confederacy.” (The title illustrates the division here.)
Below are my thoughts on the new Southern Nationalism flag that I posted on the Hunter Wallace thread. (I made one minor edit.) I’ll comment on the broader new paradigm vs. old paradigm issue when I have more time.
I have some issues with the general sentiment expressed here of moving on vs. focusing on the past, but I’ll leave those for another time. I don’t have a problem with new ideas and new tactics in general, although as a conservative I am probably inherently skeptical of them. But there are new ideas vs. old ideas, and there are good ideas vs. bad ideas. Every new idea is not necessarily a good idea. The Southern Nationalist flag may be a new idea, but, IMO, it is a bad idea, at least as proposed here. As I said in the Facebook thread, I don’t think it would be the best idea for everyone to show up with Confederate Battle Flags to the demonstration, because that would immediately become the focus and would characterize the demonstration in a certain way and distract from the immigration restriction message. (IMO we should take a clue from leftist protestors and have signs with a message such as “Build a Fence,” “Enforcement Only,” etc. with the League’s website displayed at the bottom.) But showing up with a bunch of Southern Nationalist flags is problematic in several ways. First of all, no one outside these circles knows what it is. So it will confuse people and raise questions. Here is how I can see this going:
Media, Bystander, Etc. – “What is that flag?”
Flag Waving Protestor – “It’s the Southern Nationalism flag.”
Media, Bystander Etc. – “Oh really? I’ve never seen that or heard of that before. What’s it’s origin?”
Flag Waving Protestor – “Some of us made it up recently.”
I’m sorry but this looks like amateur hour. It’s looks like play acting, and it invites ridicule. Flags are organic. They have an origin and a history. If you must have a Southern Nationalism flag then it needs to be introduced slowly and preferably designed and decided on by a committee or group of some sort. Maybe the Southern National Congress could design one. Then it would have a legitimate origin and history, but you can’t have a flag that supposedly represents something based on “because a few people said so.”
For the same reasons, I think displaying the Georgia Session Flag* is a good idea. When people ask you what it is you tell them and people automatically understand that it is a historical flag with a historical origin. Plus it differentiates you from a bunch of Tea Partiers or whoever protesting immigration and plants the issue of secession.
I usually save my ammunition for fighting the left and avoid these internecine disputes, but I really think this (the flag and the general sentiment) is wrongheaded, and decided to speak up.
* To clarify, the organizers of the protest have indicated that they want to display the new Southern Nationalism flag and the Georgia Secession flag, but not the Confederate Battle Flag.