I haven’t been feeling like participating in activism lately.
You would never know it from the fierce debates that I have been embroiled in for months now, but I have been personally taking a break from activism since Shelbyville. While I haven’t changed my view on the importance of activism, I believe we needed to reassess what we are doing.
The League of the South held a mini-conference and public demonstration in Wetumpka, AL this weekend. Dr. Michael Hill and Dr. David Duke delivered speeches. We showed up and participated in the event, but I wasn’t feeling like doing anything due to the negativity online. We’ve been embroiled in a debate about ‘optics’ with the Alt-Right that has dragged on for months.
To my surprise, this roadside Confederate Heritage rally in Wetumpka which was cut short by the rain and on overcast morning was a clarifying moment. There were about 45 of us out there with Confederate Battle Flags and Secede signs. We had an overwhelming positive response from the public. It was one of the best responses that I have seen in years. I will admit that it lifted my spirits to see so many people responding so positively to the sight of the Confederate Battle Flag.
The League has spent 2018 doing a series of these rallies. There was a Restore State Sovereignty Rally in Tallahassee, FL in January. There was a League of the South rally in Knoxville, TN on St. Patrick’s Day. This League rally in Wetumpka, AL was a celebration of Confederate Heritage Month. It is clear as day to me now that this is the direction in which we should be going.
We need to get back to focusing on Southern Nationalism. We’ve spent the last few years since the rise of Trump getting sucked into this vortex. I think we drifted away from our core message of Southern independence. I think that message is more relevant than ever as the US Empire slumps toward another attack on Syria and the glittering promises of MAGA are exposed as one long con.
As far as activism goes, we need to continue to focus on Southern themes and imagery. I think we should keep doing activism and refuse to retreat from the public square. At the same time, I think we need to focus on fundamentals and spend a lot more time articulating our own values, beliefs and vision of the future, which we have sadly been negligent in doing in recent years.
The Trump presidency has a shelf life. What is going to come after it? How will the South fare when the Republicans let us down again and the Democrats come back to power?