Here's a story in the New York Times (surprise) about an ad in the recent issue of American Heritage Magazine. It's basically a piece infected with the PC mindset attempting to stir controversy where there is none. The ad in question features a ring which displays the Confederate flag along with an inscription "Pride of the South." Big whoop.
Evidently, the reporter assumes it's sacrilege to display such an ad in an issue dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln - that's the real "issue" here.
James McPherson also weighs in stating that he would have "protested" had he known about the ad beforehand. Right. So now we're going to have historians protesting ads with Confederate flags? What's next, a boycott of Kunstler, Strain, et al? What utter silliness. As other CW bloggers have pointed out, McPherson's articles regularly appear in magazines featuring ads with products displaying the Confederate flag in much less tasteful ways than this. I agree with one blogger who said that that McPherson's comment is "truly remarkable." If McPherson's position in the future is to boycott such magazines, he will find his writing opportunities greatly diminished. I also agree that displaying the Confederate battle flag on bikinis and the like is tasteless at best and disrespectful at worst.
The magazine's editor said running the ad was "a little uncomfortable." Really? Not enough, though I suppose, to return the check, hmmm?
Though I would not wear a ring like the one displayed, it is not disrespectful or tasteless. I could also see a similar ring design using the Unites States flag, either Civil War period or modern.