@ symbol history

people i’m sick of seeing cutesy meme posts about:

  • the queen and royal family
  • the pope
I have been thinking about the use of a red flag in les mis

That’s actually innaccurate…

I’ve actually been thinking about the red flag usage in actual history and the real June Rebellion….

So we all know that a white flag in the military is code for surrender.

But raising a red flag was a sign to the other side that they wished for a fight to the death

The June Rebellion was triggered when a red flag was raised at Lamarque’s funeral bearing the words “La Liberté ou la Mort”.

This was the first use of the red flag as a symbol of the future and revolution (Red goes from “The blood of angry men” to “A world about to dawn” aaaaaah symbolism)

The people seemed shocked by the brutality of which the national guard reacted to the rebels but by raising the red flag the rebels instigated a fight to the death. 

just something I thought about…