Last night’s Democrat debate in Orangeburg, South Carolina revealed another weak stab against the Racism that still bleeds in the Deep South — and in urban cores across America — when Senator Barack Obama confirmed, when asked, that the Confederate Flag belonged in a museum and not flying above state buildings.
I ask you: Is the Confederate Flag a symbol of Racism in America, or is it merely a historical artifact that honors the struggle between being and bondage? This Confederate Battle Flag — owned by Confederate General JEB Stuart — recently sold at auction for $956,000.00 USD:
There are those in the South who argue Size Matters: The Confederate Battle Flag is a square shape while the Confederate “Rebel Flag” — as seen below and made popular in current mainstream culture — is rectangular and non-authentic:
I ask you: Does Semiotic Matter? Is it the size of the flag Confederate flag that matters, or is what the flag Semiotically reflects in the eye what matters — without concern for size or shape or bearing? Does it matter that these Confederate images have a deep historical Semiotic intent that always gouges pain in the view of human culture and caring?
The Rebel Flag was a prominent cast member in the Southern television life of The Dukes of Hazard on the mainstream CBS network for six years from 1979-1985:
Today you can buy on the internet the Confederate flag celebrated in clothing, toys and jewelry:
Are these Confederate Rebel Replicas revolting or quaint?
Do these Rebel Replicas honor history and culture or do they provide an excuse for the continuation of Racism under the guise of a free market economy? Should the Confederate Flag — both the Battle and Rebel versions — be banned from ever flying over a state or federal building?
Should the sale of the Confederate Flag — in any form — be banned as a Racist Semiotic that only creates cruelty, promotes Race Baiting, and reminds us of our sad and bloody history in the eradication of formalized slavery in America?