Thursday, September 6, 2012
Designer Confederate Flags
One of the most striking things for outsiders coming into the South is the prevalence of the Confederate Flag. I remember growing up as a kid in Northern Indiana we were pretty much taught that Abraham Lincoln was the second coming of Christ.
I remember seeing a confederate flag on a vanity license plate and thinking that it was the same thing as seeing a swastika. After living in the South I realized that it was a much more complicated issue then that. Yes, indeed the Confederate Flag could be used as an implement of hate.
But, I have found that to most Southerners who fly the Confederate Flag it is primarily a symbol of Southern Culture and Identity. I see it as a thing that means different things to different people. Its a way too complex and touchy issues to make a definitive statement about.
What I really wanted to talk about was the odd habit of emblazoning seemingly things on to the flag. Here are some of the most interesting ones I have seen.
10. A Deer
9. A Motorcycle
Again, it sorta makes sense. Seems like there is a fair amount of overlap in those that consider themselves Rednecks and those that consider themselves Bikers.
8. A Bass
7. A Flaming Naked Woman
Because down in the South we appreciate all the fine things in life: hunting, fishing, motorcycles and naked women.
6. A Pitbull
Okay, here is where we start getting a little scary. Nothing wrong with pitbulls of course, but this one doesn't look very friendly and the "Yankee Blood In My Yard" line does not really reek of friendliness.
5. An Indian
4. A Bald Eagle
The wearer here is trying to show that he has deep pride in his confederate roots, but still loves good old America. This may be a bit of a contradiction as the confederacy was created for the sole purpose of breaking away from what they felt was a repressive government. Is this a contradiction? Again, its complicated.
3. A Possum
official animal of the South on the unofficial flag of the South. No argument here, it makes perfect sense.
1. A Civil War Alien Smoking Marijuana
Honorable Mention: 2 Confused Mexicans