I'm going to start with this: There is no reason any state should fly the Confederate flag. They lost the war, the flag of the loser is not flown by the winner.
|Got to see The General at Cooters Place last year. Was good for my inner child|
Now that I have that out of the way. The first thing I read this morning was about how WB has pulled the licensing rights to the The General Lee to prevent further releases of it with the flag on the roof. <sigh> I see this as a bit far. It may be that I am Canadian, and wasn't really aware of the civil war in the US until much later in life, it may be that I just grew up watching The Dukes of Hazzard. I never saw The General Lee as a statement for racism. I always saw it as an icon of rebellion. The Dukes weren't out trying to keep the North from freeing their slaves, they were running moonshine and exposing a corrupt politicians scams.
I won't be flying the flag on my Jeep out of respect for those it does offend, but I will be vocal about defending it's place on top of The General Lee.
In short, is the Confederate flag controversial? Yes. Does it warrant being wiped from a pop-culture reference that we grew up with? I don't think so.
Let me know what you think.