I keep seeing the word agitator being used by the Virginia Flaggers, even in the year 2016. So you might be thinking, “what is the context and what’s so bad about that word?”
Well let’s start this story back in 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr was referred to as an “outside agitator.” He said in Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial ‘outside agitator‘ idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.”
Now fast forward more than 50 years to 2014 when 6 law students from Washington and Lee University were successful in petitioning the school to remove replica Confederate flags from the campus or they would engage in a type of protest. Since that story broke almost 2 years ago, the Virginia Flaggers keep referring to them as agitators.
Now there is the saying, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. (Actually I say they should throw bricks but let’s just agree that throwing things inside in glass houses is a bad idea.)
The Virginia Flaggers have sent a letter to the President of the school with their list of objectives for the school. The school didn’t cave to the Virginia Flaggers “suggestions” disguised as demands. So they protested at W&L University.
Compare the Virginia Flaggers to the law students, you can see that their tactics are the same and the word agitator should be dropped all together. Except when Virginia Flaggers did not get their way, threats of violence were issued to Washington and Lee University.
…But it won’t. The Virginia Flaggers are going to continue to use racial laced insults towards people of color who disagree with them. Just like with Nikki Haley.