Word comes from the Pensacola News Journal that PGA golfer (and two-time Masters champion) Bubba Watson’s going to repaint the “Dukes of Hazzard” General Lee car in his possession, replacing the Confederate Battle Flag adorning the roof with the United States flag. As Watson said on Twitter: “All men ARE created equal, I believe that so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee #USA.”
John Schneider, who played “Bo Duke” in the series and who autographed Watson’s car, isn’t happy with the decision. No word yet from Ben Jones, who played “Cooter,” although the chief of heritage operations for the Sons of Confederate Veterans is also the proud self-appointed guardian of what he calls Hazzard Nation.
We note that once again Pensacola’s loudest defender of Confederate heritage let this one slip by, although she adores Bubba. Guess she’s not doing too well when it comes to changing hearts and minds toward her favorite cause. Whether she’ll now denounce Watson as she did former Confederate heritage defender Nikki Haley remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, another sweet southern boy has seen the light.
I think using the Don’t Tread on Me flag of Revolutionary War fame might have been a better choice. Still conveys the youthful rebellion idea without the excess baggage of slavery and the KKK. Just one man’s humble opinion.
And then they can go back through all the 135 episodes of the television show, airbrush the roof of car the Duke boys drove and call it Gen Washington. Oh, no, can’t do that; George was a slave owner. How about painting an American flag on the roof and call it President Lincoln? Nope, can’t do that either; Honest Abe didn’t free all the slaves, leaving several hundred thousand blacks in bondage. This whole thing is a non sequatur of biblical proportions.
It is Bubba’s car. He can do what he wants with it.
Me thinks the man doth protest too much. Only the CSA was founded with the institution of slavery as its cornerstone. True, the USA did condone it, but the whole edifice wasn’t built upon it. The other flags mentioned just don’t produce the gut reaction of negativity that the CBF does. And, Old Glory opposed the CBF on the battlefield during the late insurrection. You know, “the flag that sets you free.” There is no moral equivalent between the Stars and Stripes and the CBF, or even the Stars and Bars (First National).
Yes, indeed, while the Stars ans stripes protected slavery, it was, after all, the stars and stripes that destroyed the Peculiar Institution.
Does this mean he is no longer a “sweet southern boy”?