Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with the burning of a Confederate flag, but it doesn’t come close to the power of Sims’s previous exhibit, “The Proper Way to Hang A Confederate Flag,” in which he tied a flag to a noose. I can remember a wonderful discussion at the time in my Civil War memory class about this particular exhibit. This is a step backwards in terms of artistic expression
The flag is almost too toxic to handle, and for those who do, I’m suspicious of their engagement. Are you in denial?
Nothing could be further from the truth given the number of public and private institutions that no longer display the Confederate flag. Throughout the South the flag is under assault.
Professor Chambliss hopes that this event will lead to productive discussions within communities throughout the nation. If that were the goal than the good professor should use his position at the college to host such an event. From what I can tell that is unlikely. What we have here is a a lot of fluff that will do little more than ruffle the feathers of certain individuals and organizations.
Whatever artistic value this event holds, it is on the whole a wasted opportunity.