No, I didn’t fight in the War Between the States; I’m not that old. But I did purchase a nice hat, while visiting the South, that features the battle flag.
I wore it for a while, until the novelty wore off, and then I shelved it away – for no particular reason. But now that the various propaganda mills, which pass themselves off as “news outlets,” are bombarding us with negative messages about the Confederate flag, I feel that this is a good time to take a stand and wear it proudly.
Not that I’m a Southerner, or even a neo-Confederate, but I do cherish my freedom of speech. Of this I’m proud. Also, I see the ongoing repression of all things Southern as the persecution of a people. It’s cultural genocide, and good people all over should raise their voices against it.
If the Confederate flag is banned from major retail, and online, outlets, then this forbidden fruit is all the more sweet for my palate.
I went shopping this evening (wearing my hat), and after checkout, the young woman across from me looked straight at me and announced:
I was certain she was talking about my hat, but then she continued…
I’ve never seen such a rude checkout woman!
I said she was probably just having a bad day. We must always be kind and civil when wearing a Confederate emblem.