Get Over It

Civil War Culture, Memory, Public History

I have to admit that I was amazed to see just how popular this story about the lynching of the Confederate flag turned out to be.  A few days ago the story was featured on AOL and at last check Google News lists just under 200 stories involving this particular incident.  This is one of those moments when I feel as if I am being manipulated by the media’s tendency to go for the dramatic story regardless of its real importance.  Does anyone really care about the depiction of the Confederate flag at the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science other than those individuals and groups who have an emotional connection with a selected aspect of its past?  Are we to believe that this is just another example of the "culture wars" that supposedly divides average Americans?

"Don’t Believe the Hype" – Chuck D of Public Enemy

3 comments… add one

  • Andy MacIsaac Mar 20, 2007

    Kevin, here is a related story on Confederate images and their portrayal in the arts. I bet this one will generate more then 200 stories.

    http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=43252

  • Kevin Levin Mar 20, 2007

    Hey Everyone, ANDY LIVES! Nice to hear from you given that you have not updated your site in quite some time. Thanks for the link.

  • Rob Wick Mar 20, 2007

    Kevin,
    This is one of those things that the screamers on the right will throw up in the face of those who talk about tolerance, etc. “You’re always talking about tolerance and diversity, except when it comes to things you don’t agree with.” Then the screamers on the left will fire back. I for one am sick and tired of the screamers on both sides.

    Best
    Rob

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