Skip to main content
Buy TET Life art on Skateboards and more. etourist Skateboards Store.

The Confederate Flag: Can a Flag Change Its Stripes?

For many of us outside the USA the Confederate flag brings to mind only one thing, The Dukes of Hazard and, specifically the show's iconic car, The General Lee. It was a fun TV show from our childhood that somehow taught strong family values whilst thumbing its nose at a mildly corrupt Police force and causing thousands of dollars damage to Police vehicles.

Back when the original show was hugely popular no one ever thought about the implied racism of the Confederate (or 'rebel') flag. Other than a severe lack of ethnic diversity in the cast, not uncommon for shows of that era, no one associated the show or the flag with racism. It's not surprising that several of the shows stars have spoken up (once again) supporting the flag and the values they feel it represents.

Differing ideas on the Flag.
Clearly, over time, the Confederate flag has come to represent something else, namely racism. It's an evolving idea since many US states and their people are still very proud of the flag under increasing pressure to stop flying them at various locations, including government buildings.

On the one side people say the flag represents great Southern values and heritage whilst on the other it represents an army and government that supported slavery and fought to keep their slaves.

I don't profess to know the actual history of the flag though I've read much about it and what it represents in the wake of the murder of nine people in a church in South Carolina. Reportedly the killer posted a photo of himself alongside the Confederate flag to social media thus sparking the flag debate yet again. Because, obviously debate over a symbol is easier than understanding why anyone walks into a church and shoots nine people of color.

What I do know is that history is destroying my childhood memories. When you have people like Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, Rolf Harris and Garry Glitter being accused and/or convicted of sexual crimes it's hard to enjoy your memories as they always end in a postscript of where that person is now. A happy memory becomes either sad or at least an expression of disappointment.

I really enjoyed The Dukes of Hazard during my childhood and that car, the General Lee, was the most awesome car on television. It could damn near fly. With Warner's decision to no longer sell merchandise featuring the confederate flag that means an end to General Lee toy sales.

As more and more support for the removal of Confederate flags grows the harder it becomes to enjoy a TV show that was never about racism but will forever be postscripted to that idea.

Billy Idol
It's a shame really. Whatever you think about the Confederate flag, you have to admit it's one of the best looking flags around, used often to represent 'rebels' everywhere - even Billy Idol used it at one point in his shows and merchandise.

What I would like to see is supporters of the flag not only embrace it but to spread the idea of the values it currently represents for them in today's world. Push back against the tide of people suggesting the flag is racist and firmly associate the flag with anti-racist values.

Yes the heritage of the flag includes slavery and, depending on who you talk to, the Confederates either fought to keep their slaves or they fought to remain independent of the Union (or both), I don't know, but the flag could grow to mean something else.

If a flag can become a racist symbol then surely it can grow into an anti-racist symbol? Change its stripes, so to speak.

When you think about it, the confederate flag could be embraced by the true rebels who fought against racism. People like Rosa Parks (Yes, I know that idea is probably very offensive but read on). A flag that rebels against its own history and becomes a symbol for true family values and equal human rights. That would be something the Duke family would support.

Keep the flag and open a new chapter in its history of what it represents.

Comments


Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Post: MY SOOPER DOOPER NEW CONSERVATORY/ART STUDIO!

Jo's new Art Studio/Conservatory. Today's guest post is by Artist, Writer, and Mental Health Advocate, Jo B Creative who writes for her blog,  Creating My Oddessey . Y ou should see our (almost) brand new conservatory, half of which is my art studio. 'Lucky me!' I think to myself. Not every creative bod can boast that. It's HUGE! Like a giant greenhouse. We first moved to our pleasant cul-de-sac house - great for raising kids - when our son, who's on the cusp of thirty-one, was four. One of the main reasons that we wanted it was that, apart from its location on the fringes of a historic market town in rural Hampshire, UK, it had a sizable conservatory looking onto the back garden. It was brown wood framed and had a corrugated transparent roof sloping down from downstairs ceiling height. On the face of it, it doesn't sound that glamourous, but we loved the idea of a conservatory. Luxury! I even liked the red brick walls which it was built against -

Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Onesie #Sadbatman

Although we haven't seen it clearly for sure, film director Kevin Smith (who has seen a well lit, color photo of the suit), says Ben Affleck's Bat costume is pretty much identical to the Frank Miller, Dark Knight Returns suit. If that's true then Ben's world weary Batman will be going 'old school' and be wearing his underpants on the outside (as he should).

The Star Wars Saga: Episode II, Attack of the Clones *All Spoilers*

Continuing my series of posts, as one of my local TV stations shows every Star Wars movie in order, every Saturday, for the next six weeks leading up to the release of Star Wars, Episode VII, The Force Awakens , here is my response to and thoughts on  Star Wars, Episode II, Attack of the Clones . After The Phantom Menace I just wasn't interested in seeing Episode II in the cinema. I don't think I made any effort to see it or even had any anticipation for it's release.

The Star Wars Saga: Episode 1, The Phantom Menace *All Spoilers*

One of my local TV stations is showing every Star Wars movie in order, every Saturday, for the next six weeks leading up to the release of Star Wars, Episode VII, The Force Awakens in theaters this Christmas. I plan to watch each film, at least two of which I've never managed to watch all the way through. Then I thought I'd blog about each movie here. Not so much a review but more my thoughts about the film, ranging from what I like, to what I see as a problem and maybe my thoughts on original trilogy re-releases and updates. This post I'll start with Episode I, The Phantom Menace but first, a little history of my fandom.

getpaidtodraw.com - Your Questions Answered.

Is it a scam? Is the sales message too good to be true? Can you really sit back, relax and get paid thousands of dollars in residual payments? If you've discovered the site getpaidtodraw.com and have been looking for someone who has bought this product before taking that leap then this review will peel back the glossy sales message and give you the answers. Prior to buying this product I came across much distrust and misinformation about getpaidtodraw.com by people who hadn't purchased it. There was a real need for information so I decided to take the leap and make the purchase specifically so I could write this informed review. Note that I am not, in any way, a getpaidtodraw.com affiliate. For this review I will be focusing on the getpaidtodraw system which includes; the ebook, instructional videos and database along with access to the systems author Jules Camber (who replies to emails as 'Jamie, President of Champ Entertainment, Inc and Beats365, LLC'). I'll

Boom Crash Opera Born Classic But Not Again

Boom Crash Opera are an Australian Band that reached the peak of their popularity in the mid to late nineteen eighties. They are a band that I knew about at that time but was never really excited by until they released their ill fated double album Born and Born Again in 1995 (Album cover pictured). At the time of its release I was very much into emerging Australian musical acts and was also looking out for new sounds that were different and had kind of a futuristic/electronic sound. Artists that I was buying at the time included; Swoop , Nine Inch Nails and Pop Will Eat Its Self . As well as a really interesting release by David Bowie, the concept album, Outside . Born was a fairly radical departure for Boom Crash Opera (BCO). The first single, Gimme , was often compared to the sounds of Gary Glitter, particularly his single, Rock n Roll part 2 , because of the pounding drum loops. Watch the video below. My favorite single from the album is dissemble which probably went now

Kids today are smarter than their parents?

How often have you heard it said that kids today are smarter than their parents? I’ve heard it quite frequently in the media – even Dr Phil has said it. I say speak for your self. It’s not true and don’t let the media fool you. Today’s kids may have access to more information that may give them more choices but in my experience, they only take in what they want to hear and still make stupid, uninformed decisions. Just like we used to at their age. Like any cross section of people there will be exceptions. There are kids that are genuinely smarter, more mature and responsible for their age. However the vast majority know everything they need to know by the time they turn fourteen. They’re ‘adult’ enough to be responsible for all their own decision making so parents should just let them do what they please…right? Just like we thought at fourteen. Don’t be fooled. Just because your son knows how to download MP3’s onto an ipod, or your daughter can chat to five friends at the same time