This video was done by a couple of students at D.S. Freeman High School in Richmond, Virginia as part of a school wide discussion centered on whether they should get rid of their “Rebel” mascot. The video offers a nice overview of the school’s history and includes a number of interviews with students and teachers. Well done.
Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site in Washington, D.C. has decided not to sell the bestselling book, Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The decision was made following a thorough review of the book by Deputy Superintendent, Rae Emerson. I don’t have any problem with the NPS making such a decision; in fact, I applaud it. The NPS review is included in the Salon article for your consideration. When I posted the article to the Civil War Memory page one of my readers responded that she had canceled her order for it. That got me thinking. Let me be clear, there are plenty of mistakes in this book, but I still wonder whether they render the book unreadable.
It should come as no surprise that the Sons of Confederate Veterans attributes yesterday’s unanimous decision by the Texas DMV as another attack on Confederate symbols and “Southern Heritage” more generally. It may surprise you to learn, however, that the leadership of the SCV at the turn of the twentieth century likely would have viewed yesterday’s decision as a victory.
There is an interesting verse in Brad Paisley’s single, “Camoflauge” which references the Confederate flag controversy:
Well the stars and bars offends some folks and I guess I see why nowadays theres still a way to show your southern pride the only thing is patriotic as the old red white and blue is green and gray and black and brown and tan all over too
Let’s ignore for now the fact that Paisley apparently has the wrong flag in mind. We know what he means. I don’t want to make too much of this, but it seems to me the lyric tells us something about diversity in the South as well as the extent to which Country Music has become mainstream. It’s a clear statement on the part of Paisley announcing that he does not want to be stereotyped. It’s unfortunate that at this point much of the nation still needs to be reminded that most white southerners do not identify with the Confederate flag. What do you think?