In late August 2013, The League of the South conducted the first in what is now a year-long series of street demonstrations. Gathering in the little South Georgia town of Uvalda on the morning of 24 August and in nearby Vidalia in the afternoon, we unveiled a new flag: the simple design of a black St. Andrews cross on a white field.Some didn’t like it. Others feared we were using it to replace the Confederate battle flag and other historic Southern flags. Some even thought we were going PC!
Well, everyone has the right to an opinion.
But here is our explanation. For years, I have wanted The League and our Southern Nationalist movement to have a symbol that is uniquely our own. In fact, some of you old timers will doubtless remember a few instances when I actually solicited flag designs from our membership. While there were some pretty good submissions, nothing struck me as being something we could adopt for our purpose.
And what was that purpose? Using our historic flags—which we still love and cherish—meant that if League members were gathered in public flying the battle flag, the Bonnie Blue, third national, etc. there was really no way for the public to tell if it were us, the SCV, the Confederate Society of America, the CSA Gov group, General Goodson’s New Confederate Army, or the KKK.
By having our own flag, the now familiar LS Southern Nationalist design, there is no doubt about who we are in the public eye. No one else has this flag because it is ours and ours alone among all other Southern groups. It says we are a hard-core Southern Nationalist organization, not a heritage or history organization.
So, after using this flag for a year in our street demonstrations and familiarizing people with it, I am happy to say that we’ll be keeping it. And as far as adding our own designs to the storehouse of Southern symbols, we might not be finished.
Dr Michael Hill is President of the League of the South. He is a retired university professor of history and author of two books on Celtic warfare.