The outrageous attacks on public displays of Confederate imagery have grown over the last few days with astonishing intensity and speed; what began merely as a call to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State Capitol has mutated into a veritable social justice jihad against any and all traces of Confederate imagery in our society.
Such calls from left-wing politicians and publications were inevitable. Slightly surprising, however, not to mention deeply troubling, is how quickly these calls were heeded by purveyors of popular culture. Warner Bros. has ceased production of Dukes of Hazzard Merchandise because of The General Lee, Bo and Luke’s glorious, rebel-flag-emblazoned ’69 Charger, and multiple retailers, including Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and Target, have declared their intentions to stop selling anything depicting the Confederate flag.
eBay spokesman Johanna Hoff called the flag a “contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism” and argued banning it from the site is “consistent with our longstanding policy that prohibits items that promote or glorify hatred, violence and racial intolerance”. Longstanding policy that prohibits items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, and racial intolerance? Could have fooled me with all that Black Panther Party and Che Guevara swag.
Amazon too, while allegedly banning the Confederate flag in a noble stand against violence and racial hatred, continues to sell Black Panther and Che t-shirts, not to mention plenty of Bolshevik threads. Because while the flag of a rebellious confederacy of American states founded in 1861, on what were effectively classical liberal principles, that waged a war to achieve its independence and to preserve slavery, is the very embodiment of evil, the symbol of a political ideology that produces thoroughly tyrannical and totalitarian police states, widespread slave labor and torture, routine murders of political dissenters, and, all in all, is responsible for the deaths of nearly one hundred million human beings, is, like, just a symbol, dude.
The double-standard is so blatant it might be funny were the implications not so depressingly serious. It is also why those on the so-called right who have sided with the anti-Confederate-flag crowd are, in the long run, doing themselves a great disservice. The door to banning things that might be offensive to some people but are totally inoffensive to others has been swung wide open, and now we will all be treated to a trip down that lovely rabbit hole.
The C.S.A. existed for less than four and a half years. The worst anyone can say about it is that it fought, to an extent, to preserve slavery. Its soldiers fought bravely and valiantly and with the utmost honour, but the single nagging fact of slavery renders the flag those soldiers fought under taboo. Slavery, on the other hand, existed under the flying flag of the U.S.A. for almost a full century, and Jim Crow and segregation for almost another full century after that. It’s the flag that flew over the troops at Wounded Knee, the banner which brought naught but death and destruction to native peoples as it moved further west. It doesn’t take a giant leap of imagination to guess which flag is likely more offensive to leftist sensibilities.
Tellingly, Amazon’s decision came on the heels of astronomical surges in sales of Confederate flags on the site; clearly the anti-Confederate consensus of the chattering class is not shared by the purchasing public at large. I suspect with near certainty that this is frequently the case with almost every leftist cause célèbre; deep in their hearts, most people do not actually believe “Caitlyn” Jenner is a woman, they do not actually believe a “family” comprising of two gay people with an adopted kid/test-tube baby is the same thing as a married man and woman with a child of their own, and they do not look at the Confederate flag and see the moral equivalent of the flag of the Third Reich.
By the way, trying to equate the Nazi party to the C.S.A. in any moral way is perhaps one of the most absurd, historically and intellectually dishonest mental exercises of which I can conceive. Nothing screams state-sponsored antisemitism like appointing the first Jew to hold a cabinet position in the history of one’s nation. But I digress.
Unfortunately for the vast majority of normal people, the leftist loudmouths are really good at using those loud mouths of theirs. Burke put it most eloquently:
Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that, of course, they are many in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little, shriveled, meager, hopping, though loud and troublesome, insects of the hour.
Online sales of the Confederate flag in the past week clearly suggest this is indeed the case. Having said that, it’s time for the cows to spit out the cud and end their silence, for the importunate chink of loud and troublesome liberals is only intensifying; one journalist even called for the effective banning of Gone With The Wind.
The stated reasons behind attacking the display of Confederate imagery do not hold weight when one considers the veritable plethora of violent, hateful symbols with which society at large seems perfectly okay. No, this is nothing less than political correctness gone mad; a biased, politically-motivated attack on the culture, history, and traditions of an entire section of our country.
UPDATE: And here I thought calls for getting rid of Gone With The Wind were absurd. It turns out Apple has removed all games featuring the Confederate flag, along with letting developers of said games know that their work ‘includes images of the confederate flag used in offensive and mean-spirited ways’. So, historical-based, military strategy games are now offensive and mean-spirited? This is an unprecedented act of complete and utter insanity. What’s next? Remove the all images of Confederate flags from history books? Ban TV networks from airing films set during the Civil War?