CIVIL WAR MEMORY
The Online Home of Kevin M. Levin
How do you find this stuff?
I really like this. Maybe it’s her upbeat and spunky wink and nod to being apolitical, but it’s a wonderful idea. Proper use of the flag? Probably not, but a better use then I’ve seen in many other circumstances.
Back in the 90s, there was an African American designer who put the negative color image of the Confederate flag on tshirts, etc. I remember it causing quite a stir across the board.
The designers at Cross Colours definitely did it. They changed all of the colors but the design was the same. I think it was on a t-shirt or jacket. I personally loved it, seeing it as a way to co-opt and neutralize it as a negative symbol. My fellow African-American friends–not so much.
Okay, this was great. Very cool. And, once again, someone said something that I’ve been saying for years: it’s an offensive symbol, but you can dull folks sense to it simply through overexposure. A while back, Kevin had up a great picture of a black college student wearing a confederate bikini. And maybe she was oblivious to the meaning of it. But the cognitive dissonance of such a sight will destroy the flag’s power as surely as men long after the war usurped it.
What a smart, hip, clever artist, and a cool little video. Thanks for putting it up, Kevin.