Over at The Gift That Keeps On Giving, the Lexington SCV honcho made this posting. Robert E. Lee IV gave his support to the administration at Washington & Lee University. In part, he wrote, ““It is clear to me that president Lee would wholeheartedly support your goals of making Washington and Lee a welcoming environment for all students who choose to come there today,” and, “As a proud alumnus, I, too, support those goals.” Not only is he a descendant of Robert E. Lee’s, but he’s also an alumnus of Washington & Lee. So what was the reaction of people with no connection to the University at all [and probably would never meet the intellectual criteria for admission to the University] and no connection to Robert E. Lee at all? Here’s what Mr. Lexington SCV said: “Robert E. Lee IV sells out great-grandpa. Not surprising from a man whom numerous people have told me said he ‘didn’t want to hear any of that s**t’ about his famous ancestor’s Confederate service. Ronald Regan for instance has a left-wing lunnie for a son that the left keeps in a closet somewhere and rolls out every presidential election cycle to oppose dad’s party. IV should stick to making and drinking bourbon, lots of it”
Charming, eh? All the ignorant spelling is unchanged from his posting. The article also mentions him:
“Do[r]sey heard about the letter from a W&L student about a week before convocation.
“ ‘Just because you have a family member that takes a position doesn’t mean that has any reflection on the father or grandfather’s views,’ Dorsey said. ‘It’s neat that he’s a descendant, but he didn’t know Robert E. Lee.’ ”
He had a week to think about what he was going to say and this was all he came up with? “He didn’t know Robert E. Lee?” I’d say he knows Robert E. Lee much better than Mr. Lexington SCV knows Robert E. Lee.
“Madam, do not train up your children with hostility to the government of the United States. Remember, we are all one country now. Dismiss from your mind all sectional feeling, and bring them up to be Americans.” [Robert E. Lee, 1867]
Lee himself didn’t have the confederate flag flying on campus when he was the President of Washington College. According to David Cox, former rector of the R. E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, the claim that R. E. Lee told a woman who asked what to do with a battle flag to “fold it up and put it away” “is consistent with his letters and acts of his last years. He was always looking ahead.”
Let’s look at what the rest of the nice people in the group had to say.
So people who know nothing about Lee and aren’t members of the Lee family claim he “wouldn’t have endorsed such a decision,” claim Robert E. Lee IV is “a disgrace to the name,” and is “a disgrace to the family.” Does anyone wonder why these folks deserve all the scorn they get?
The group’s owner had this piece of nonsense:
Nothing in the article talked about the confederate constitution. And the rest of his nonsense is simple idiocy. Nobody’s destroying their heritage, and neoconfederates aren’t a race.
Next we have the first example of their so-called “tolerance.”
We have someone claiming there are people who “think somebody owes them something because they are a certain color.” Yeah, like white folks? Then we have one of the newer village idiots warning people not to participate in the comments because someone is there who won’t swallow their baloney and has the nerve to actually point out their errors. And of course another member chimes in with “her arguments are easily shot down much like the rest of the arguments against our heritage.” Funny, in that this particular member has never been successful at “shooting down” any arguments.
I wonder which version of “bemuse myself” she’s using. Is she saying she’s confusing herself? But the funny thing is the person who feels necessary to claim he has a Ph.D. In what, he doesn’t say. It certainly isn’t history. A quick Google search indicates it’s probably in mechanical engineering or the like. He certainly doesn’t understand how making the place more welcoming to minorities promotes diversity. Apparently demographics is beyond his ken. In any event, he’s probably the exception that proves the rule in that he might be able to be admitted to the University.
Someone says, “He sure is not of the Lee blood we know.” Of course, they know no “Lee blood.” And we see also that they know nothing about George A. Custer as well. And they don’t appear to be happy with Bertram Hayes-Davis, who seeks to impart a broad understanding of Jefferson Davis encompassing his entire life, and not just the four years of the Civil War. If there’s learning involved, these people are against it.
But now we come to the most egregious example of their so-called “tolerance.”
Someone has the temerity to actually voice dissent in the group about what they’re saying and what’s the reaction? The person is attacked and removed from the group. Interesting one person claims to be a historian, yet he doesn’t seem to have authored any papers or books about history. I guess he’s a legend in his own mind. Another person likes to write a bunch of words, but when you actually look for substance it’s sorely lacking. I’m sure he thinks it’s brilliant. He certainly knows nothing about the history of the confederate flag.
I think this shows that neoconfederates can’t deal with opposition in their group. A person who respectfully disagrees and doesn’t call them names is attacked and banned from the group for daring to claim they’re wrong.