Friday, July 10, 2015
I guess the most strange argument in favor of the Stars and Bars comes from Miss Tamara Scott, who believes that most young people associate the Confederate Battle Flag with the Dukes of Hazzard tv show, anyway, but still somehow thinks we need to preserve the history of what it meant, if we can kind of not allow that it meant slavery in the Civil War sense and segregation and Jim Crow in the 1960's anti-civil rights sense.
Now, I am middle-aged, so I actually watched Dukes of Hazzard as a kid, and I never thought anything wrongheaded about the show. But I also know that no person in their right mind sees that flag over a statehouse in any state and thinks "That state must really enjoy that show, Dukes of Hazzard. I wonder what South Carolina's favorite Duke boy is--Bo? Luke? Or is it David?" (Actually, this show was all about car chases and those Duke boys in really tight jeans for pre-teen me.)
If the flying of this flag means history, then I seriously wonder why, in states where this would matter, there is an objection to so many of the particulars being taught. But I know for certain if it meant no more right now than that show I watched when I was a kid, no, okay, you can take that down now. And if it meant a flag where it symbolized black people were "less than", I'm thinking take it down like sixty years ago. Go back in time and do that.