Over at the gift that keeps on giving, our good friend Connie Chastain offers the following:
“Come up with” a symbol of Southern heritage?
A repeat commenter (don’t know how regularly she comments) at one of our critics’ blog thinks that, “Surely someone can come up with a symbol of Southern heritage and pride that is far more inclusive and doesn’t come with so much baggage.”
Basically, abandon/repudiate the flag chosen Confederate veterans the to honor and commemorate the Confederate soldier’s defense of home and family, his struggle for his country’s political independence, his courage, valor, his fighting spirit, his incomprehensible suffering from torture in POW camps, from wounds in battle and disease and near-starvation, his missing legs and arms and eyes…
“Come up with” a symbol of Southern heritage and pride? Sure. Be glad to. Just as soon as hell freezes over….
As usual, Ms. Chastain, who’s revealed herself here in the comments section of other blog posts to be something of an apologist for slavery, confuses Confederate heritage for southern heritage. The Confederate flag represents a portion of that heritage, but by its very nature its use excludes other southerners of various heritages and beliefs who lived at other times.
What do you think best represents southern heritage? Indeed, how would you define it? After all, we don’t talk of northern heritage or western (US) heritage. Indeed, when people speak of “southern heritage” they are really talking about “southeastern US heritage.” So does this concept of “southern heritage” even make sense? Or is it really just a way to conceal what these people really want to celebrate … Confederate heritage? Why are they embarrassed to use that term? Are they ashamed of it?