Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Confederate Flag Ban Hypocrisy

The holier-than-thou crap coming from some of the self-righteous retailers vowing to halt sales of products with the Confederate flag is so hypocritical.

I'm not defending the merchandise.

My ancestors fought in the Civil War, on the Union side.

Does that give me some special moral authority to speak on the topic? Should it? I don't think it should. Other than members of my family tree, I don't have any connection with what happened more than 150 years ago, generations before I was born.

Anyway, I don't own any Confederate flag stuff and I don't want any, but this ban bothers me.

From the New York Times:

Entering a debate that has played out for years mostly in the political realm, many of the nation’s largest retailers abruptly decided this week to stop selling merchandise tied to the Confederate battle flag.

One by one, beginning with Walmart on Monday night, companies including Sears/Kmart, eBay, Amazon, Etsy and Google Shopping disavowed, sometimes in strong moral terms, merchandise that has been sold quietly for decades.

“We have decided to prohibit Confederate flags and many items containing this image because we believe it has become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism,” eBay said in a statement, echoing the sentiments of others in the aftermath of the fatal shooting last week of nine black parishioners in a South Carolina church and the arrest of a white suspect.

The killings have renewed a focus on the Confederate flag, which had been displayed in a photograph of the accused gunman.
Anyone thinking banning the Confederate flag would have prevented Dylann Roof from committing his evil deeds is nuts.

Nevertheless, I guess it's time to ban all episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard and all merchandise.

Oh my gosh, a Dukes of Hazzard lunchbox and thermos is still available on eBay!

There are a lot available!

Obviously, that statement from eBay didn't successfully purge the site of all products with the Confederate flag.

Much more policing needs to be done.

As Jim Norton points out, only certain items are deemed offensive enough to be banned while other equally offensive stuff gets a pass.

That's not right.

Let's ban ALL offensive stuff.

That's a tall order, but it needs to be done.

Oh, good Lord! Get rid of that statue of Lenin! That has no place in the United States of America!

Remember when Obama had a Mao ornament on one of the Christmas trees in the White House?

How did that happen? Why was that allowed? Mao, killer of millions.

No, we can't have that.

If we're going to ban the Confederate flag, certainly the atrocities committed by Lenin and Mao should require them to be relegated to the banned stuff pile. All the Nazi stuff on Amazon and eBay has to go, too. Nothing offensive should be sold or bought or manufactured.

It's lucky we all share the same definition of what's offensive, right?

Of course, Obama has often pointed out that atrocities have been committed by Americans, under the American flag.

That's a problem. What will we do about that?

Once this banning of offensive symbols and images gets going, it's really going to snowball. Getting rid of the Confederate flag is just a drop in the bucket. It's just the beginning, if we're actuallty planning on being consistent and not just cherry picking.

We're experiencing a Cultural Revolution of our own.

Mao would be proud.

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