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Oddball Donating Member (205 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-07 01:27 PM
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35. Interesting
I am a native Southerner and have seen some version of the Confederate Battle Flag displayed for all my life. I grew up in the era when segregation ended in the south, and that social change made the display of the confederate flag especially political in the sixties and seventies (and probably the fifties but that was before my time). It's use in such a manner was intended as a symbol that was intended to intimidate the black population and maintain white power structures.

It is hard for me to imagine this potent symbol return to a more innocuous status. I just know that this symbol causes a visceral reaction in the population it was intended to dominate. Perhaps the flag being seen merely in its historical context is for future generations. One may certainly hope so but it is a hard nut for me to crack.

There may also be a diversity of opinion or reaction in Ireland, Scotland, etc, to the Cross of St. George. I see it often on my church (Episcopal)so it bears a different emotion entirely than what others might feel. Just goes to show the power of symbols.

Still, an interesting perspective.
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  -The Confederate battle flag quaoar  Feb-13-05 01:21 AM   #0 
  - Something else ...  RoyGBiv   Feb-13-05 10:42 AM   #1 
  - none of the above....  Dob Bole   Feb-14-05 07:49 AM   #2 
  - Mowing down the KKK ...  RoyGBiv   Feb-14-05 06:21 PM   #4 
  - Coming Late to this debate...  Oddball   May-07-07 11:49 AM   #33 
  - exactly  AlFrankenFan   Feb-16-05 06:25 PM   #8 
     - For the record ...  RoyGBiv   Feb-16-05 06:52 PM   #9 
  - down the street  kick-ass-bob   Feb-14-05 02:11 PM   #3 
  - I have no feelings about it one way or the other.  RebelOne   Feb-15-05 07:01 AM   #5 
  - I think it depends on who is displaying  ernstbass   Feb-15-05 11:33 AM   #6 
  - "Restoring a... sense of the manhood lost in military defeat"  carolinayellowdog   Feb-15-05 02:01 PM   #7 
  - That flag is the white people's "n-word."  dbt   Feb-19-05 09:33 AM   #10 
  - Intesresting question  Sgent   Feb-27-05 09:02 AM   #11 
  - I'm in the Old Dominion, Virginia  autorank   Feb-28-05 12:08 AM   #12 
  - I don't have any flags on my car but I did lose a family member in the War  DemBones DemBones   Sep-04-07 07:29 AM   #37 
  - very simple  SCantiGOP   Feb-28-05 02:28 PM   #13 
  - I believe you're about right:  dbt   Feb-28-05 02:32 PM   #14 
  - Forgive an Englishman stepping in here  tjwmason   May-08-05 03:00 PM   #22 
     - Interesting  Oddball   May-07-07 01:27 PM   #35 
  - OK, question:  AbbyR   Jan-25-06 02:25 PM   #24 
  - What? You're having a rational discussion about this?  Ripley   Mar-04-05 08:09 AM   #15 
  - speaking of the flag.. this from GD  LDS Jock   Mar-04-05 09:41 AM   #16 
  - Yeah, it gives the same bunch of a$$holes yet another opportunity  QC   Mar-04-05 04:54 PM   #17 
     - yes.. you can check that thread for comments about me  LDS Jock   Mar-04-05 05:33 PM   #18 
        - Yeah, I saw the attacks on you and I alerted on them,  QC   Mar-04-05 07:08 PM   #19 
           - Okay guys.  Ripley   Mar-04-05 08:49 PM   #20 
           - well thank you.. I see some of them have been deleted  LDS Jock   Mar-04-05 10:35 PM   #21 
              - Hang Around LDS  Oddball   May-07-07 01:08 PM   #34 
  - I think "Redneck"  AbbyR   Jan-25-06 02:19 PM   #23 
  - I think it is a disgrace  Skittles   Feb-19-06 07:47 AM   #25 
  - Something else. Among other things the war between the states was  jody   Feb-23-06 04:19 PM   #26 
  - I see it as a symbol of my Great-Great Grandfather.........  NativeTexan   Jun-07-06 04:34 PM   #27 
  - Clarification ...  RoyGBiv   Jun-08-06 07:12 PM   #29 
     - I shall stand corrected......  NativeTexan   Jun-08-06 09:34 PM   #30 
  - I live in the Atlanta, GA metro area and I see plenty of the flags.  RebelOne   Jun-08-06 07:03 AM   #28 
  - I would say the same  mrone2   Apr-20-08 02:10 PM   #42 
  - I actually see it as........  NativeTexan   Jan-31-07 06:13 PM   #31 
  - Well,  BluePatriot   Feb-12-07 05:34 PM   #32 
  - depends  wildhorses   May-19-07 11:32 AM   #36 
  - Southern Italy uses it to express antagonism to the North  carolinayellowdog   Sep-14-07 12:09 PM   #38 
  - I think "attention whore"  Politicub   Dec-02-07 09:19 AM   #39 
  - IT's a freakin' symbol... it means nothing but what you want it to...  JCMach1   Feb-17-08 04:10 AM   #40 
  - Hatred not Heritage.  NOLALady   Mar-01-08 11:38 PM   #41 

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