18 June 2012 by Published in: Neo-Confederate hooey 12 comments

I took this photo in Gettysburg yesterday. Click the photo to see a larger image of it.

There are way too many sites and people out there who claim that they are defending Confederate heritage when they show the Confederate battle flag. I have no doubt that some of them are sincere. But it’s awfully hard to take those claims seriously with stuff like this out there. Can someone please tell me how garbage like this promotes Confederate heritage?

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  1. Tue 19th Jun 2012 at 3:23 am

    Hi Eric.

    For about 3 weeks ago, I stood at the exactly same spot and looked and the same things and had the same thoughts :-)

  2. Dennis
    Tue 19th Jun 2012 at 6:56 am

    Trees aren’t America’s only renewable resource. Idiots are right up there as well, and the purchase of this type of good is one indicator of that reality.

    Before I began teaching I worked for a social service organization. One day a client came in wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt. I could not resist asking him why he wore it. The man replied that he was a rebel.

    I asked further what he meant by that and he defined it as a man who took no guff, stood on his own two feet and did not need any government interference in his life. This while applying for welfare, Food Stamps and Medicaid.

    He has plenty of company. Yep, like I said, it isn’t just the trees………

  3. Tue 19th Jun 2012 at 7:48 am

    OK, many of these people have decided to accept “redneck” as a badge of honor, and they believe that any occasion for putting a battle flag out where other folks can see it is a Good Thing. (Think “product placement” in marketing.)

  4. Tue 19th Jun 2012 at 9:10 am

    I participated at a weekend reenactment (in the author’s book signing section) a few years ago in which many Confederate re-eneactors were sharing the same hotel as me. Many of them brought these exact signs (the CSA Blvd ones) and stuck them in the windows of their hotel room. When a few guests complained, the hotel kindly asked them to take the signs down out of the windows. They all screamed reverse-racism and threw a fit. In protest, they proceeded to park all of their vehicles facing out from the hotel building toward the street w/ the signs on the windshield. The logic was that the hotel could not tell them what to put on their own cars. That was their way of defending “Confederate Heritage.” I was actually embarrassed for them.

  5. Chuck
    Tue 19th Jun 2012 at 10:26 am

    Unfortunately, you can’t fix stupid. Even when you point out their stupidity.

  6. Clark
    Wed 20th Jun 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Shelby Foote once informed a professional reporter known to me (and some of you) that the Confederate battle flag should be gently folded, placed in a lock trunk, and never again be displayed, except in memory.

    I buy that… And those who cravenly use this honored flag as a symbol of hatred should be exposed for the racist, redneck bigots they are..

  7. Brian
    Thu 21st Jun 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Id like to see the reference Clark for Shelby Foote, The only interview I rememeber is the one on PBS when the flag was debated and I quote ” The flag is a symbol my great grandfather fought under and in defense of. I am for flying it anywhere anybody wants to fly it.”

    He was very clear in defense of it… Saying that, just as with the American flag there is a proper way to display it and respect it. These examples shown here I dispise and wish didn’t exist, but I also have seen someone with an American flag with someones face on it, which I find very distasteful. I chose to use the good ole, I wont buy that crap philosophy and I honor my ancestors. Besides how do WE as descendants get to chose how the image of that flag is used? We don’t. If I see it used inappropriately I will say something but I can’t stop the manufacturing, distributing or selling of such products.

  8. Paul LaCroix
    Thu 21st Jun 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Brian,
    I don’t have any known ancestors that fought in the Civil War but I understand your feelings. I was born and brought up in New England but now live in TN. I see right ways and wrong ways of displaying both flags. I’ve seen both the American Flag and the Confederate Battle Flag flying side by side. The stuff shown here is wrong, just plain ole wrong. Besides, the southern states don’t hold the patent on Rednecks, I’ve seen plenty of Yankee Rednecks, too. People at work have even commented about it when they’ve seen things in the news.

  9. Elizabeth
    Thu 21st Jun 2012 at 11:49 pm

    1. Or those awful, skin-tight tank tops with the Confederate flag over a hunting camo background with something like “Sassy Southern Girl” printed in pink with a scattering of rhinestones for good measure!!!! Sorry…had to vent.

    2. I would love to know how “redneck” gained ascendancy over “proud descendants of Cavaliers and Huguenots.” I’m sure my Confederate g-g-g grandfathers would rather be associated with the latter, instead of a term roughly related to “sand-hiller” or “clay-eater.”

  10. Paul LaCroix
    Fri 22nd Jun 2012 at 5:04 am

    Lookup the origins of the term “redneck” though. It was meant as something good. It meant hard-working people in 1800s and in the 1930s it refered to a a group of unionized mine workers trying to force mine owners to let their workers join the union. It’s only been a deragatory term since the later half of the 1900s.

  11. Dennis
    Fri 22nd Jun 2012 at 5:48 am

    The red neck wrap is also associated with Socialism/Communism during the days of Union organizing. I’m sure some of the folk who wear these shabby, trailer-park varieties of the stars and bars are completely unaware of that background to the term they hold so dear.

  12. Dennis
    Sun 24th Jun 2012 at 8:07 am

    Please don’t misunderstand. This whole redneck, flag BS isn’t just a southern thing. Idiots who abuse history for whatever reason are everywhere.

    Like I said above, another renewable resource. It is as easy to find them in my native Pennsylvania as in the deep south, northwest or wherever.

    Regards,
    Dennis

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