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.


ropelight said...

My red, white, and blue heart sings whenever I happen to see the Dixie Cross flyin' free, it makes me proud to be an American. There's no more important symbol of the indomitable spirit of independence from federal tyranny in the proud history of our people. So long as the Confederate Flag waves free our lives, our liberties, and our rights will endure.

Should the enemies of individual freedom succeed in banishing the Dixie Cross from the public square, the Bill of Rights and our Constitution itself become subject to the whims of petty tyrants and pernicious idiots.

Let them wallow in their self-destructive hatreds as they reap the strange and bitter fruits of unrestrained ignorance and wrath. I prefer to sing in the sunshine, and let the devil take the hindmost.

Brian Lee said...

The problem isn't that Northeners don't understand the Confederate flag. The problem is that they THINK they do, and don't realize that they don't.

Champ Livingston said...

Northerners understand the Confederate flag based on its historical context. Whether you like what the Northerner knows about the flag is your problem.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Southerners understand the Confederate flag based on its historical context. Whether you like what the Southerner knows about the flag is your problem.

Thanks for commenting Champ.

Brother Juniper said...

Another reason the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia has endured is that it is one of the prettiest flags in the world.