Heritage or Hate?

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September 19, 2014 by JImbo

Probably the most divisive symbol in American culture today is the Confederate Flag. The ol’ “Stars ‘n Bars” has started many a bar fight and court fight since the days it was on the battlefield last. (Well I know it’s been ON the battlefield since then. This is definitely it on a uniform from Vietnam that’s in the Camp Shelby Military Museum.)

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However, the Confederacy hasn’t existed for nearly 150 years. Why is it still around? Why do we see it so often?

confederate_flag_tattoo_8General Lee

It’s not just the South either. All around the country it’s used as a symbol of being a “redneck.” Is that fair? Is it right?

Ask this guy.

2012 Redneck Games

 

He seems pretty upset at such a racist symbol to me.

I think like all symbols, it is what you make it. It’s going to be whatever people WANT to see in it. To some it’s a symbol of hatred. To others it’s a symbol of resistance against oppression. Is either one “right?”

What do you think?

Do you think it truly symbolized “redneck” culture?

Does it help or hurt our image?

Is it a symbol for racism or freedom?

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