Don’t deny the South their heritage, their racist, racist heritage. You know, the heritage in which they owned plantations and purchased human beings to act as slaves. Don’t deny the South their heritage!
For those who hope and dream that the South will rise again, here’s some great news: The Georgia Department of Revenue approved a new specialty license plate in Georgia featuring the Confederate battle flag. Renewed debate over racism followed:
The state’s Sons of Confederate Veterans requested a new plate, apparently, featuring a small Confederate battle flag to one side, as well as a larger image in the background covering the entire plate. It is an upgrade from the old plate they had, which only had the small flag on it. “Sons of Confederate Veterans” will be embossed in the gold frame where county names usually appear.
Obligatory comment of ignorance:
Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesman Ray McBerry said the plates did not mean to cause offense; it’s simply a means for people to honor their Southern heritage. A heritage that includes slavery of human beings.
“We believe that everyone has the right to preserve their heritage,” he said (most likely while spitting chewing tobacco into a brass spittoon). “Southerners have as much right to be proud of their heritage as anybody else.”
Yes, except for that fact that they enslaved human beings. In 2014, a Confederate flag blazoned on your license plates pretty much sends the message of “your kind is NOT welcome here!”
It’s even more offensive in 2014, because we have the entire backlog of history, implication, and evolution to know this is plain wrong.
As much as you make an excuse that it’s all about heritage, it’s ten times more about reflecting on a time when African Americans were shackled in chains by southern landowners and 12 Years a Slave played out like a documentary. Stranger still, designers of Confederate flag memorabilia are always dumbfounded as to why people get upset over the symbolism.
“If I offend anyone, I don’t understand why,” says Jack Bridwell, the state commander of the Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “What’s the big deal?” he says (while mostly likely plucking on a banjo).
The argument always leads to that the Confederate states had other accomplishments than just slavery. Okay. How about some Nazi Germany vanity plates to celebrate the creation of the Autobahn?