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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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