Posted by JD Crowe January 25, 2008
If there is an economic downturn headed our way, Lower Alabama is in better shape than most areas and can probably hold its own. We’ve got a lot to look forward to in terms of jobs and growth, headlined by the big German steel maker Thyssenkrupp, the potential of winning the tanker contract via EADS/Northrop Grumman and, of course, the Alabama Speedway project (so what if a few gopher tortoises have to pack up and move so we can pave over their homes…bidness is bidness and racing is fun!)
An economic recession is something we can overcome. The South’s problems come from social recessions, and all it takes is a well-placed rebel flag, like the one raised by the Sons of Confederate Veterans on I-10 outside of Mobile, to set us back a few years.
The Sons say all they want is to express their Southern Pride. Unfortunately, the Confederate Battle Flag they choose to express their love is the same flag used by the Klan to express hate. To the Sons, the battle flag serves as a tribute to fallen Confederate ancestors. To most everyone else, especially those who remember the fire hoses and police dogs of the 60’s, the battle flag flying outside the city is a large middle finger waving in the faces of passers-by.
It may as well be a sign that reads "Welcome to Bassackward, Alabama."
(Speaking of bassackwardness and flipping, please don’t notice the direction of the traffic in this cartoon. There seems to have been a technical directional difficulty during the drawing process.)
Bottom line: as offensive as it is, the Rebel Yellers have the right to throw up their flag. And we have the right to salute it or refute it.
There are other Confederate flags that are considered purely historical and not drenched with the tainted symbolism of the Confederate Battle flag. Here is a photo of the First National flag of the Confederacy, also known as the Stars and Bars. Perfectly acceptable. It flies proudly in many public places around the South, including here at the Press-Register. Why be so stubborn about using the one that offends so many?