News and Notes, October 20, 2013

My, doesn’t this look interesting …

  • See what happens when you write an op-ed questioning the flying of the Confederate battle flag?
  • For those of you who think it’s easy to be a historian, apply here.
  • One of these sentences is true: “Black Confederate Deniers are as bad as Holocaust Deniers, actually worse because they deny the courage of good Southern men and the dignity of their humanity by rejecting the idea of their choosing to remain loyal to the South. Some people cannot see the world beyond their own narrow fringe ideology.”

7 thoughts on “News and Notes, October 20, 2013

  1. Lyle Smith October 20, 2013 / 5:48 pm

    I agree with the Oklahoman Daily op-ed: the Confederate battle flag is the flag of racial segregation in America. That symbolism can’t ever be taken back. It just is what it is. I’m not really interested in telling people what symbols they should or should not use though, but it’s not a symbol I can take pride in.

    I’m thankful the American flag way outnumbered that lonely Confederate battle flag at that Washington D.C. protest. It says something about those people.

    • Brooks D. Simpson October 20, 2013 / 7:19 pm

      I saw all the attention paid to that flag. I think it was unfair to tar the entire demonstration by repeatedly showing it, although I know its appearance created a lot of commentary. Easy target.

          • Pat Young October 21, 2013 / 10:29 am

            I have been at parades and demonstrations where all sorts of oddities appear. At a large event like a 10,000 person rally you have very little control over what banners and flags get displayed. At a smaller event, you can generally ask people to put away an offensive banner. How much any one person carrying a CBF conveys the meaning of a street action is debatable. It was odd though that its use was not denounced by some more leaders of the Tea Party.

            If I throw a rally and someone shows up with “Che” flag and I’m asked about it, I have said “That has nothing to do with why we are here” and that typically ends the matter.

          • John Foskett October 21, 2013 / 11:44 am

            I would, however, modify that with an asterisk regarding the one in the upper right hand corner. After all, Shelly had a recommended reading list up on her website for three years which prominently featured that gem by Mr. Wilkins about Lee and what the rotten Yankee abolitionists intended for the good :”Christian” south. Of course, I’m not sure that reading for comprehension is one of her “strengths.”

      • Lyle Smith October 20, 2013 / 8:03 pm

        I agree.

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