Update: It looks like the SHPG decided to take down the post, which should not come as a surprise to those of you familiar with this group.
I hesitate sharing this with you, but it is another wonderful example why the Confederate flag is slowly receding from public view. It should come as no surprise that this screenshot comes from the Southern Heritage Preservation (facebook) Group. The image was posted by Gary Adams, whose commentary is unintelligible. Now I have no idea who is responsible for this sick image, but what I find incredible about the comments that follow is that these are the same people who claim with a straight face that the flag does not have racial overtones.
Anyone with even a little knowledge of American history knows the dark story of lynching and organized violence against African Americans during the 1950s and 60s – often in full view of a Confederate flag. John Stones doesn’t know how right he is. Many African Americans have been bloodied by that banner and given his role as group administrator one would think that Stones would be more careful if we assume that he simply does not understand the historical context of his own words. In this case I am not going to give Stones or “Virginia Southron” the benefit of the doubt. They mean exactly what they say.
Myself, the past members and the present members (that are from the South), are all extremely proud of our heritage and being from the South. We know what the Dixie flag represents and its heritage; the Civil War was fought over States rights.” — Gary Rossington
I guess a southern man does need him around…at least to buy those records.
So it’s Home Coming week at my school and everyone is supposed to dress up according to the theme of the day. This is what the class of 2014 did on group day (the day that the students themselves dress in whatever theme they want to collectively.) I myself was invited to join in via Facebook, and the theme was chosen via a poll. I did NOT partake in this event but I did record it and I thought that the world should see this. I grew up around people like this doing these sorts of things, but does this seem weird to you? Some of my friends who just so happen to be black saw this and were very offended. You can debate wither or not the students had the right to run around the school gym with a larger than scale Confederate flag, but what I personally think it boils down to is that it should not have been done because it is offensive to people.
I certainly understand this student’s point-of-view, but if you watch the video closely it looks like the kids are poking fun at Southern heritage culture. They are wearing dress that exaggerates a kind of redneck/hick culture. In fact, if you look closely one student is carrying a black flag that says Redneck. I don’t see much reverence for the Confederate flag on display here. I can’t believe the administration allowed this. Oh, those silly kids.
This short film follows two students at the University of Mississippi in the wake of the decision to discontinue the playing of “The South Will Rise Again” at the end of football games. It offers some insight into the racial and generational divide at the university over the continuation of some of its more controversial traditions.