From the “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” file comes the latest twist in the George Allen saga:
U.S. Sen. George Allen once again is being told to lay off the Confederate flag.
But this time, it’s not coming from the people who abhor the Dixie symbol. It’s from the people who revere it.
State leaders of the Sons of Confederate Veterans have scheduled a news conference today to criticize Allen’s recent remarks that the Confederate flag could be seen as a symbol of hate.
“George Allen was a good friend of ours, and we don’t appreciate him turning on us to get out of political trouble,” said Frank Earnest of Virginia Beach, commander of the Virginia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “He’s degraded us, the flag and our heritage.”
Seems that the SCV are upset that Allen acknowledged that the Confederate flag could be offensive to blacks and other minorities.
Rather than repeating it, head over and read Waldo’s take on this. I agree with him. Besides, there were so many flags of the Confederacy that I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why the SCV and other heritage groups don’t choose another flag to use.