26 September 2015
Some Yankees Just Don't Understand the Confederate Flag
Some time ago, a Civil War blogger criticized a seller of Confederate flag memorabilia because he sold CBF's that were used on clothing and other "souvenir trinkets." The blogger, originally from New York, revealed his lack of understanding in how many Southerners view the flag by believing that the criticism was going to sting the merchandiser. Laughable. For many, many years a lot of Southerners have displayed the CBF in all kinds of ways they saw as "honorable" (and, yes, even humorous) and a display of pride in their native region: on license plates long before any state legislature gave their blessings, on shot glasses (I have several), on car tops, on plates (I own one given to me by my father) on t-shirts, key chains, refrigerator magnets, etc, etc. The list is endless.
Take the cartoon shown here from the Richmond Times in 1932. This was long before the Dixiecrat days and long before the days when bigots misused the flag to intimidate others. This was also a time when quite a few Confederate Veterans were still alive. And the cartoon appeared in a newspaper that was published in a city at the epicenter of "Lost Cause" sentiment - Richmond, Virginia.
The artist who drew the cartoon proves at least one thing about New Yorkers - they're not all misinformed when it comes to the Confederate flag. Mr. Seibel hailed from New York.