Same Flag: From Selma to Ferguson

Selma to Montgomery, Alabama (March 21, 1965)

March in Selma, Alabama (March 21, 1965)

Ferguson to Jefferson City, Missouri (December 4, 2014)

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17 comments… add one
  • Rob Baker Dec 5, 2014 @ 4:04

    Now now Kevin. They’re just there to spread heritage and talk about Hank Williams Jr.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/12/04/missouri-town-residents-greet-ferguson-protesters-confederate-flag-fried-chicken.html

  • John Heiser Dec 5, 2014 @ 4:52

    I’m sure all of the southern heritage groups and flagger organizations will rush to denounce this racially charged abuse of the same Confederate flag which they all are so devoted to; or should I rephrase that as a question?

  • Bryce Hartranft Dec 5, 2014 @ 5:19

    If you have to cover your face, how can you deny what you are doing is wrong?

  • Andy Hall Dec 5, 2014 @ 5:24

    I’ve seen that guy in the second picture before.

  • Jerry McKenzie Dec 5, 2014 @ 7:50

    Strange coincidence that the town name is Rosebud and that one of the worst massacres in America was in Rosebud, Florida.

    • Ken Noe Dec 5, 2014 @ 10:40

      Rosewood, Florida, actually. What’s interesting to me is that, as a friend pointed out elsewhere, Rosebud was a heavily Unionist town during the Civil War. The man hiding his face with a paper towel hood might well be a descendant of Yanks.

      • Jerry McKenzie Dec 8, 2014 @ 13:49

        Thanks for the correction (I must have been thinking of the sled!).

  • Jack Dec 5, 2014 @ 10:36

    I don’t see any difference between this and say misusing any tool. It’s reminiscent of anti-gun nuts tying all guns to crime.

  • Jack Dec 5, 2014 @ 10:52

    FYI the klan resides in places where this flag is not flown. Why not ask the Native Americans what their interpretation is of the US flag? Point is the flag means different things to different people.

    We see the Confederate flag in homes, parks, memorials, and institutions honoring veterans and heritage. Yet you chose not to show that view.

    • Kevin Levin Dec 5, 2014 @ 10:55

      I’ve written posts over the years that shows the flag in all of these contexts. You just choose not to look through the blog.

      Point is the flag means different things to different people.

      That may be true, but that does not detract from the fact that the flag was first raised in an army that functioned as the military arm of a government pledged to protect and spread slavery and later as a symbol of “massive resistance” during the civil rights era.

  • Nathan W. Armes Dec 5, 2014 @ 15:35

    Kevin,

    Keep on fighting the good fight against those hoods and that flag.

    N

  • Marian Latimer Dec 5, 2014 @ 22:39

    Of course, this is all being done in the spirit of brotherhood and good cheer, isn’t it? No hate or intimidation is being implied whatsoever. No, not at all. Jim Crow has nothing on the current state of affairs in this country.

  • John Betts Dec 6, 2014 @ 7:04

    Just like with the Nazis perverting symbols from religions like Hinduism, the Klan did the same with what Spanish Catholics wear:

    http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/symbols/swastika.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capirote

    Personally I think it makes the Klan look like cowards.

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