Is It Politically Correct To Go Fly The Confederate Flag?

I was digging through my site statistics. Way down at the bottom of the list, I saw that someone had found one of my blog posts by searching “Is it politically correct go fly the confederate flag.” Exactly like that. Word for word. Copy and pasted.

I am not certain if they found their answer. Nor am I certain that they still have the tab with zweihanderplusein open. They need closure though. I mean they googled it and came to my site looking for answers. I feel like I owe them. So with all the power I can muster, I am going to answer their question. Prepare yourself, Yahoo Answers, steel yourself. Battle approaches.

Well it kind of depends on the context of your question. If you are intending on running it up a flagpole then it is definitely not politically correct. In fact it is pretty much a no-no at this point. Don’t do it. Unless of course you live in one of those off the grid towns. The kind that at any minute of the day a horror movie could break out. All it takes is some city slickers new fangled smart car breaking down to kick off an hour and half’s worth of violence and gore. Hell, you would probably become the mayor if you did such a thing!

However, you may be okay to fly the confederate flag if you are one of the most civilized and good natured of the thieving and police evading red necks. Especially if you’re name happens to be Bo or Luke and you have the flag painted on top your car. This is a strict ruling and is reserved only for media and historical pieces. Although, I don’t know if it covers Dukes of Hazzard cosplayers. Sadly, many of my fellow liberal thinking kind have far exceeded necessity as of late. Somehow they have managed to convince a man named Bubba, that painting a U.S. Flag over the confederate flag on the authentic Dukes of Hazzard car is okay and will solve all the world’s problems.

I believe it is pertinent at this point to note the cars name, The General Lee, is also painted on the roof. The car was named after the Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Also, the car is orange, which is debatable as the color of the flag. I have seen the flag move between red and orange depending on who is making it and what material it is. Most importantly, it is a piece of film history and, like all other historical pieces, should not be tampered with. Especially, when it is such a hot mess that would require a full repaint in order to fully realize the dreams of this politically correct inquisition. If you are going to do something, do it right, but don’t do it.

Now, time for one final contextual variation. Did you mean as a kite? This one is a bit of a sticky wicket. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it and I assume many other level headed middle of the road folks don’t either. However, to our left and to our right are our microphone wielding loud as hell extremist spokespeople. Both are going to get up in your face about it. One will serve you legal papers and say “Good day to you sir!” as they get in their volvo and drive their one point five children to a soccer game – don’t ask about the point five, it is a mess. The other will spray you with chaw riddled spittle as they tell you some anecdotal story about their great great great great grandpappy having to fly kites uphill both ways in snow and how the kite you are flying reminds them of their proud heritage.

In short, unless you are watching The Dukes of Hazzard don’t mess with it. Also, don’t tell anyone you are watching The Dukes of Hazzard, especially the movie.

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Bree Newsome, More Like Bree Awesome

Well, now I guess we have two answers for the age old question. How many people does it take to bring down a flag that represents racism, segregation, and hate; not the heritage, nobility, and tradition of a one hundred and fifty year old unrecognized state that seceded from and then attacked the United State of America?

Two, an African-American woman, Brittany “Bree” Newsome and her partner who at the moment is the Andrew Ridgeley to her George Michael. Who knows if she could have done it without him, but he certainly helped. Running a decoy by dressing up like an official who would be messing with a flag pole bought her some time. Holding the pole steady certainly didn’t hurt either. His final contribution was being a white guy when both were being arrested.

However and rightfully so, activist Bree Newsome, is the star of the day and #FreeBree was trending by the time I woke up and the video was barely half an hour old. She did what many have wanted to do for half a century. When she isn’t bringing down public displays of hate she is a director and singer. She sounds a zillion times more interesting than that new Jem movie coming out.

I said there were two answers for that age old question. The second answer is not so clean cut, but I will give it a try. A governor – who shares the same appropriationist and redacted view of the flag many others do – to give sappy and reluctant speech. Two more branches government: A legislature to vote if they should even care to further vote upon the removal of the flag. And a court to deliberate on rather to repeal (and you know there will be) the vote of taking down the flag. Finally, same racist citizens to hem and haw and generate said repeals and petitions.

The tax payin’, I say the tax payin’ citizens of South Carolina should thank Bree Newsome. Now their government can do something truly productive instead of sucking up time and money on the obvious choice. Something that the state of Alabama has already done.

We as a nation should have stood up long ago and started pushing for this. Enough is enough. The confederacy fell a century and a half ago and the flag that flies today was never created during the lifespan of the confederacy. Let’s throw our support behind her and anyone else who deserves it!

Epilogue

Then I clicked on too many links and found this guy. I am going to call him Greely Jedediah Bartholomew Samhain Cacaine Kumquat-Jones VII The Proud, but his friends call him “Hunk” due the hunk of meat he has on his shoulders. He said, “I hope she is enjoying the flag from the view in her cell (unpunctuated.)”

Next, two of his fellow klansmen showed up and added “just make her put it back ,,then jail her(unpunctuated although after the comma fiasco, we thank you.)” and “Now she is just a thief…..JJ chimed in also.. what a hoot he is… LOL (unpunctuated as he had already used his allotted quota of periods by this point.)”

We as a society have work to do. Let’s keep this forward momentum going and calling people out on their bullshit.

The Perceived Confederate Flag VS. The Politically Correct Inquisition: Be Cool

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.