Wednesday, December 07, 2005

"Stereotypes" for $200, Alex


Downtown
Originally uploaded by sixlyons.

Now this upsets me. Main St. ends at this delightful storefront in my small, rural town. (Yes, that's a Christmas angel, freshly hung for the holiday, between the two Confederate flags.) Now, I don't know the name of the store, or if it even has one, but they sell knives, caps, T-shirts, and lighters - a niche market here.

This is really not what the South is about, by the way. Any North Carolinian can tell you as much. But I can't figure out why some people so tenaciously cling to a symbol that is so offensive to so many.

As a tie-in with national news - I wonder what would happen if we started burning Confederate flags? Not that I ever would, but if I did burn one, my guess is that there would be one less blogger on the Internet.

3 comments:

Jamie Dawn said...

That flag is considered by some to be a proud symbol of the South. I think that because it also has been used by the KKK, that people should realize that it also is an anti-black symbol. The Confederate soldiers fought for the South and the ways of the South, which included slavery. I would not display it.

truevyne said...

I'm not proud to say my redneck cousins, who painted the ENTIRE front of their barn in a rebel flag would probably torture you first with Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American", drag you to your death behind their pickup with Nascar stickers all over it, and then bury your dead body under the Chevelle on cinder blocks in the yard.

Scott said...

Ah, Truevyne, I couldn't stop laughing while I was reading the description of my demise. It was right on.