NASCAR and track officials canceled plans to have pro golfer Bubba Watson drive the car from the television series “The Dukes of Hazzard” at Phoenix International Raceway because of concerns about a negative reaction to an image of the Confederate flag.
At a time when tens of millions of Americans are honoring their Union and Confederate ancestors during this Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, NASCAR has chosen to dishonor those Southerners who fought and died in that terrible conflict by caving to ‘political correctness’ and the uninformed concerns of corporate sponsors.”
Janie Maders, owner of AJ’s Cycles and Service, said she had posted the flag on a pole just outside her store a few weeks ago along with two American flags and an Arizona one, because she got it for free and it looked good.
Not even in Minnesota:
It’s disappointing given that it is such a pretty banner.
I chose not to comment on this story when it broke the other day in central Texas. Turns out a noose was discovered hanging from a large Sons of Confederate Veterans billboard along Highway 290. This was reported by a member of the local chapter of the SCV, but one Star-Telegram reporter is hinting that something is not quite right with this story. Better to let him tell it:
“It’s racist — a hate crime,” rancher Donnie Roberts said. Washington County Chief Deputy Mike Herzog laughed. “They were the first people who saw those nooses, and then they alerted the media,” he said. I got the feeling he won’t bring in the FBI. “It’s on a busy highway, and nobody else saw it,” he said. It would have taken three people with a bucket truck and extension ladder to hang the nooses, he said. Coincidentally, members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans history and heritage group responded quickly with a bucket truck and extension ladder to take them down. The giant double billboard went up last year on the busy highway east of Brenham. Both sides wave battle flags with the message “Southern Born, Texas Proud! Learn About Your Heritage” and the phone number to buy $30-a-year Sons memberships. Chappell Hill physician Robert Stark, also a Sons member, said Roberts saw the nooses first.
So what did they do? Why, they were so insulted and threatened that Stark immediately took a bunch of photos and e-mailed them to a radio station. KWHI/1280 AM’s website headlined “Local Billboard Vandalized.” Roberts declared a “degradation of our historic heritage.” At the sheriff’s office, Herzog called it a “prank.” Deputies will investigate it as criminal mischief, he said. Roberts said he wants the national SCV to investigate a “crime against our people” and will offer a $5,000 reward. He said the suspect might be “white or black.” But he added: “Well, it did happen on Martin Luther King’s birthday.”
Like Andy, I have no idea what happened nor do I really care. That said, there is something fishy here. The “crime” plays right into the SCV’s tendency to see itself as some kind of victim in a society that shows no respect to southern heritage. But the belief that this constitutes a “crime against our people” and the insinuation that the perpetrator was black because it happened on MLK Day undermines their broader claim that southern heritage includes whites and blacks. What happened to all those black Confederates and loyal slaves?
Well, at least they are honest about who constitutes “our people.”
[H/T to W.D. Carlson, who emailed this video with the subject line: "God Bless Lee and Jackson and God Bless Dixie"]
I am ashamed to admit that in my ten years as a resident of Charlottesville, Virginia I never made the time to attend a Lee-Jackson Day parade. Lexington is a beautiful city with an incredibly rich history and it certainly looks like everyone had a good time this past Saturday. If you didn’t have a chance to travel to take part this is is the next best thing. One question: Where is everyone? The place looks deserted. It also looks like there was no shortage of Confederate flags. I say, it looks like there was no shortage of Confederate flags. Which leads one to wonder why there was a need to file a lawsuit.
I’m puzzled though, how come those so “concerned” with the use and display of the Confederate battle flag don’t express the same concern over the United States flag? As one commenter notes, ” the very same thing can be said of Old Glory.” Precisely, but this really isn’t about the proper respect for a flag or even criticism over the use and display of the Confederate flag. It is, as another commenter notes, about “attempts to belittle and bash.” Observe and learn.
You hear this argument all the time, but I still fail to appreciate the point that is being made. On the one hand, I agree. The flag of this country has been used in ways that I find morally abhorrent, but is this really all my detractors wish me to say? Does such an admission tell us anything more about the continuing debate surrounding the Confederate flag? I think not.
The salient point that is almost always overlooked, however, is that the Confederate flag is not my flag. And regardless of whether you fly the Confederate flag from your home, salute it, or attach meaning to it, is not your flag either. The Stars and Stripes (“Old Glory”) is our flag and each of us is responsible for its symbolism.
It represents the nation in which I find myself as a citizen. The flag symbolizes my rights as an American citizen and serves as a reminder of the sacrifices that so many have made over the years to maintain this democracy. It represents what America is and what it can be given its founding principles. No one alive occupies the same place in reference to the Confederate flag so it is silly to suggest that any sort of comparison is justified along these lines.
The funny thing is if I were to make the comparative point, Richard Williams would be the first one to accuse me of being unpatriotic and/or not appreciating American Exceptionalism.