Hanover Tomato Festival: Group hands out free confederate flags at ...

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The confederate flag can often stir emotions. For some it stirs pride and for others - outrage. Full Story
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Disgusted

Richmond, VA

#1 Jul 12, 2010
Wow....I didnt think there were that many hillbilly's left out there. Sad, real sad.
Hello

Richmond, VA

#2 Jul 12, 2010
Free flags and a $10 BLT. Don't get no better 'n nat do it?
crawdad

Richmond, VA

#3 Jul 12, 2010
"It's heritage not hate boys! Ah, come on now little ladies, I didnt mean to leave you out of it either...y'all just go back to slatherin' them wonder slices with that mayo and get me that beer from my truck! Woo-hooo!"
Ok, Ok, nobody actually said that but that is what I thought of when I first attended the HTF--let me tell yo I was wrong! Like much of the county, the folks are very neighborly and thoughtful. But since the "sons" have come to the fest I think it casts a negative back-water perception across this fine county. Now, I know they have always been here along with some truly quieter but certainly more bigoted folks but the fact that they are now handing out confederate battle flags at events....?? Come on now, please fly it on your property, on your car, your license plate if you wish....but if you put it in my face again and then scowl when I refuse to take it----you may be flying it in a not so glorified spot next time!
Butch

Mechanicsville, VA

#4 Jul 12, 2010
This is a prime reason why Political Correctness has made this country so soft. I understand that some of our black brothers & sisters are offended by what the Confederate Flag represents to them, but it's part of OUR countries history good or bad, black and white. Maybe we should they should have handed out the British flag too, after all we had to fight the British here in Virginia gain all of our freedoms that we have today, both black & white! I'm pretty sure that no one finds that flag offensive black or white!

Thank you
History 101

Cumberland, VA

#5 Jul 12, 2010
Take it how you want but some people need to read more than one history book.
MIKE

Richmond, VA

#6 Jul 12, 2010
LET IT GO! BEING AN AMERICAN THAT HAPPENS TO BE BLACK, IT DOES NOT MEAN S**T TO ME! LET IT GO! GET OUT OF THE PAST AND GET ON WITH THE FUTURE! IN ORDER TO GET AHEAD, YOU NEED TO KNOW WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN AND I WAS NOT A SLAVE NOR WAS MY FATHER NOR GRANDFATHER! LET IT GO!!!!
Richard McRee

Richmond, VA

#7 Jul 12, 2010
Heritage, not hate.
history buff

Richmond, VA

#8 Jul 12, 2010
Is this really newsworthy,or just the same old sensationalism?How many times does this flag subject have to come up?
To the ones offended...GET OVER IT! Don't LOOK for ways to be offended!Just ignore these fools and their flags.Some will wave it just to get the reaction out of you.Don't play their game!If someone offers you a confederate flag,just say no thanks and move on.
To the confederate flag wavers....GET OVER IT!The south lost,the war ended the best way it could have and our nation remained intact.I'm not saying be ashamed of what your ancestors did,just don't be so damn proud of it either!
I had ancestors that fought on both sides.I'm no more proud than I am ashamed of any of them.It happened,it's history,now can't we move on to another subject?
The Richmond Joke

United States

#9 Jul 12, 2010
How many Richmonders does it take to change a light bulb....2 .... 1 to change it and 1 to talk about how good the old one was....LOL\

A Yankee was in town here one time and he told me he enjoyed riding down Monument ave and looking at all the 2nd place trophies...I'm from here and my parents are from North Carolina and THAT's FUNNY....
ocmom

Colonial Heights, VA

#10 Jul 12, 2010
What's the big deal? If you don't want a flag don't take one.
Donald

United States

#11 Jul 12, 2010
I don't see what the confusion is all about. Anyone who has lived in Virginia for any length of time should already know that Virginians have a history of supporting losers. Just look at all the Redskin flags and stickers paraded around town. And don't get me started on the former Braves and the present Squirrel squad.
Pul-Leeze. people , get over the crap of the past and start building for the future. Just as there are still Hitler supporters today, there will always be supporters -of whatever- those who feel any identity with a given event. Probably most of them don't even know the "real" history of the war and the flag in the first place.
This state, nay, this country has gone from people who were proud just to be here to a bunch a grape-skinned whiners.
Confederate wannabees are just that, and anyone else that is soooo
sahnsative that they just cringe at the sight of a defunct piece of cloth need to take a get-real pill.
Hanover Girl

Petersburg, VA

#12 Jul 12, 2010
No offense intended but any "race" of people who are offended by that flag are IGNORANT! The meaning of the confederate flag is NOT and NEVER has been servitude. Stop being dumb UNEDUCATED americans and shut up!!
crawdad

Richmond, VA

#13 Jul 12, 2010
Interesting observation...
"After the Battle of Okinawa a Confederate flag was raised over Shuri Castle by a Marine from the self-styled "Rebel Company" (Company A of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines). It was visible for miles and was taken down after three days on the orders of General Simon B. Buckner, Jr.(son of Confederate general Simon Buckner), who stated that it was inappropriate as "Americans from all over are involved in this battle". It was replaced with the flag of the United States. By the end of World War II, the use of the Confederate flag in the military was rare."

Now, why would it be inappropriate to hand out today?? Ignorance? Really?
lovey

Glen Allen, VA

#14 Jul 12, 2010
"Minority advocate Rodney White says for many African-Americans the flag symbolizes servitude and repression and is hurtful."

They need to get over themselves.
Real Change

Perry Point, MD

#15 Jul 12, 2010
I see alot of things that I don't like everyday. I work for a moron but I continue on with my day as if he doesn't exist. There are alot of things that go on in this world that I do not like. Ellen Degeneres on Idol- come on but I get over it. The media shoves homosexuality down everyone's throat but we watch the show anyway. If the flag upsets you then go the other way. If the guy tries to hand you a flag just tell him "no thanks". That is what I told the NAACP when they tried to hand me a pamphlet once.
FREEBIRD

Colonial Heights, VA

#16 Jul 12, 2010
Really? Seriously this made the news? I live in Hanover and enjoy the small town feel and love this County but I choose not to attend the "Redneck Fiestas" that include the crabfest, pig pickN, or any other gathering of Beer drinkin, truck drivin' rebel flag flyin', turkey shootin' individuals. That being said, PEOPLE HAVE RIGHTS! STOP trying to be so politically correct that you forget that. If you dont like it dont go or leave early. I should call the news the next time I have a car pull up with its music thumpin out vulgar lyrics with small kids all around. Doubt they would come out. Maybe I will just turn up Lynard Skynard.
The South was Right

King George, VA

#17 Jul 12, 2010
Wow !!!! What a bunch of uneducated people on American history. That flag you talk about is the Naval Jack Flag their are dozens of different Confederate Flags.
chesterfield

United States

#18 Jul 12, 2010
take that u monkeys!!!!! second best flag in the world....USA FLAG #1 !!!!! im so happy white people are still pround of there ancestors!!! SORRY black people...you can never take this flag away!
Happy Hiker

Chester, VA

#19 Jul 12, 2010
So, was it the confederate flag or the battle flag. Just wondering which history is being promoted and why.
Mechanicsviile Girl

Richmond, VA

#20 Jul 12, 2010
I just want to point out that I have attended the Hanover Tomato Festival since i was in elementary school and it was in the athletic fields of Battlefield Elementary School and the Sons of the Confederate Soldiers has been there every year that i can remember. This isn't a new stand that has appeared suddenly to agitate the public. I am a prominent member of the Mechanicsville Community and I support the county's history. If you don't enjoy the stands (for which each person has paid) at the festival i suggest you not attend. Complaining about this stand is like saying we shouldn't let the republican and democratic party have a stand either, not everyone agrees with their opinions. Perhaps we shouldn't allow christians to hand out bibles on college campuses, i found that offensive but i KINDLY declined to accept one.

You dont have to agree with their opinion, you dont have to like their opinion but you do have to accept that they can have their own opinion and that they can voice it. The tomato festival is in Hanover because there is a good deal of farm land and the best tomatoes in the state grow here. BUT the families who have dedicated their lives to their land in this county embrace their heritage, if you dont agree, you dont have to go to Hanover to get tomatoes, you can try to enjoy Henrico tomatoes or City of Richmond tomatoes. But about those tomatoes in the city if you're not careful you may have to drive my the Stonewall Jackson Monument and you might get offended all over again.

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