American Progressives are noted for diving in head first without knowing the depth of the water. Hipcamp is a broker of camping sites, similar to what Air BnB is for bed and breakfast sites. I rent campsites on my property. My property is in the mountains of North Carolina, near Franklin. I have been registered with Hipcamp since 2017. Recently (Today is 24 September 2021.), Hipcamp announced an “Inclusiveness Policy.”
As part of that policy, they said they would not represent campgrounds that display the Confederate battle flag. They listed “Confederate battle flag” just before they listed “Nazi swastika” and in the same sentence, which shows their lack of knowledge of what they have chosen to deride, demean, and degrade. By this announcement, Hipcamp egregiously, blatantly, and insultingly attacked my heritage.
I have displayed a Confederate battle flag at the door of my house as long as I have lived here. I have lived here from before I began renting camp sites. I began renting camp sites before I registered with Hipcamp.
Why would I not display a Confederate battle flag? I am a Confederate-American, I live in Confederate-America, the South was right, and my ancestors played an honorable role in the war. Family members died in the war. Family members returned home from the war, maimed for life. Family members, previously solidly middle-class, were impoverished by the war. Yes I display the Confederate battle flag. Doing so honors my ancestors. Doing so honors the Confederate soldier. (The Confederate soldier is as deserving of honor as any other soldier.) Doing so expresses my love of and pride in my homeland. From the time I was an elementary school student, the Confederate battle flag has stood for my belonging to a people, to a history, to a homeland.
I replied to Hipcamp’s announcement: “Would you spit on the graves of your ancestors? That is what you are asking me to to.” Hipcamp cancelled campers who were booked with me for future dates, and Hipcamp did this without either telling the campers why or notifying me of their action.
Hipcamp egregiously, blatantly, and insultingly attacked my heritage. The Confederate battle flag represents much that is nobel and honorable and just. Hipcamp made the Confederate battle flag out to be something evil. Those who get their knowledge filtered through the narrowness of the progressive philosophy instead of getting their knowledge directly from the broadness of history and heritage, condemn themselves to such mistakes.