There are those who question why we could possibly think that there is a strong anti-Southern bias in America. After all, it is 2010, and the War ended in 1865 – almost 150 years ago. “We are all one country, right?”. Well, no, we are not. Even now, the cultural differences, the political differences, and the basic perceptions show that North and South are very different.
As an example, here is the entire contents of a thread posted yesterday on a forum for Michigan State University sports fans. In the entire thread, there is exactly one post that shows some small measure of understanding. The slanders continue until the thread is finally closed by the moderator. Anyone who does regular searches on the web on terms like “Confederate” or “Southern” will know that this is not the least bit uncommon.
June 1, 2010
Michigan State University forum
What does the Confederate flag mean to you?
Spent Memorial Weekend on the Muskegon River by Hardy Dam – there’s a very nice RV resort on the water we stay at every year with another couple and their kids. We went out on their boat on Saturday and pulled up onto this beach/cove area to have a picnic lunch – lots of other boats there – I’m guessing locals. Three different house boats were flying the confederate flag – I just don’t get it. And I saw several beer coolers with confederate flag stickers all over as well.
Nothing (not even rusted out cars in front of a trailer) says Redneck White Trash to me like the confederate flag.
And I’ve never seen a finer collection of tramp stamps in my life –
I would have sworn we pulled up to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.
I’m getting old!
It represents treason since they actively took up arms against their own nation. Now off to Wells this goes.
Racists, inbreds that think blacks should still be slaves and that we should return to the “good ole days” when the south was king because they owned other people.
It is a sign of treason, racism and the person being an ignorant moron.
The flag of a country that lost a war and is no more.
It’s hard to know what people are thinking when they fly the Confederate flag but to me it symbolizes every bad stereotype about the south. Rednecks, slavery, racial prejudice, the KKK, isolationism, etc.
rednecks, racists, mouth-breathers, knuckle-draggers, nazis, skinheads, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of right wing hate radio..
I think to some it has come to represent general rebellion. To me it represents a link to part of our history, and part of this countries mindset that is not the most honorable.
Should the “South” and everything the “stars and bars” represents be remembered…yes, should it be honored…no.
There is no way this thread can turn out well.
Closing it. Take it to Wells if you wish.
While I will have to agree that a beer cooler with Confederate flag stickers is hardly a respectful display of the symbols of our heritage, at least these folks were doing something. That is more than most Southerners ever do to promote the culture and heritage of The South.