Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Flag Wars

I have no love for the Confederate battle flag. Yes, I can appreciate the bravery of their soldiers; but it is the flag of insurrection. And while I assume that the vast majority of those who like the flag do not have racist views, racists have embraced that flag. So there is no need for it to be part of the official symbols of a state government. But ...

I would like to note that Democrats created the flag and fought under it; Democrats put it back up over state capitol buildings as bipartisan civil rights legislation advanced; and Republicans in South Carolina took the first steps to remove those flags from state grounds in anything but a historical context.

But Democrats get to pretend they are the racial healers in all this.

UPDATE: But don't worry, you can still buy communist stuff.

UPDATE: Now it is getting ridiculous:

"We have removed apps from the App Store that use the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways, which is in violation of our guidelines," a spokesperson said to BuzzFeed News. The company denied issuing a blanket ban however, stating that the flag can be shown for "educational or historical uses."

The decision has, however, forced a number of American Civil War games off of the App Store, even though developers insist the Confederate flag was only used to be historically accurate.

Now it is getting personal. This hits HexWar, which makes game apps I play. This is insane. The games involve Union forces fighting Confederate forces, are the southern troops to fight under a rainbow flag or something?

UPDATE: On the history of the Democratic party on race.

I eagerly await the ginormous task of erasing the name of former Klansman Robert Byrd from buildings all across the state of West Virginia.

You know, for the healing.