As of this writing, two states have removed or are in the process removing the confederate flag from flying over their capitals. Super retailers have also pulled it from their shelves and websites. At the will of the retailers and the GOP’s of those states, I would like to add. Although, South Carolina did take a little coaxing. So now the internet is buzzing and twitter is all a flutter with fear filled tweets wondering what freedom will be encroached upon and ripped from the hands of crying patriots next.
Many seem to think Obama’s next move will be to remove the flag of the United States of America itself. Which is idiotic, but when one thinks patriotism is flying a modified version of a one hundred and fifty year old insurrectionist flag over the state capital, idiocy is what one should expect.
I don’t see what could be more patriotic than saying, “Take down the flag that represents the unrecognized state that was rebelliously created, tried to continue the enslavement of African Americans, and attacked the United States of America?” All of that sounds like something that would probably be considered the T-word by today’s standards. Doesn’t seem so patriotic now does it?
I am going to go out on a limb and say there was more to the confederacy and the civil war than slavery, but lets be honest; slavery was the main point and over time, the flag has gone on to mainly represent the enslavement and segregation of African American people more than anything else. The flag has become synonymous with racism.
It is too bad to, aesthetically speaking, the stars and bars is a good looking piece. Probably because it wasn’t made during the civil war era, but quite a few years later when graphic design was a thing. That is right, the confederate flag was never flown or even created during the confederacy, but one can see the inspiration. In fact, it seems that this version of the flag found its way above the state capitals during desegregation era. Seems pretty racist to me.
Flags are a symbol, just like religious divers and sports teams. People flock to them and identify with them. They will fight for the ideals that flag represents. Would it even be proper to fly a legitimate version of the confederate flag in the U.S.? The flag of the unrecognized state the was formed through secession from the U.S. and fought against U.S. I don’t believe would be proper to fly it. Seems like people are backing two horses.
However, I get that the perceived confederate flag are historical and I do not believe that it should be blindly wiped from existence in some sort of politically correct inquisition. Media and art, no matter what form, should remain unscathed. Unless it is overwhelmingly racist and derogatory. Media is a good measure to know how we have progressed as a society; which since last Tuesday hasn’t been all that far. Apple pulled some apps with a confederate flag. Yes, even historically based video games were pulled, although the flag is wrong. Warner Brothers has announced they will quit licensing Dukes of Hazzard products with the stars and bars on them.
All of this is similar to the time the church took paintings and sculptures and covered everyone’s junk with leaves. Except instead of junk it is an under researched and misappropriated flag. We should not go back and censor or hide everything. Just say The Duke Boy’s views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Warner Brothers Entertainment. Educate people on what the confederacy stood for, what flags were actually used by the confederacy, and what this version of the flag also stands for. Continue to take down the flag, remove holsters and beer coozies and everything else that bares the flag. And above else, be cool.