Confederate Symbolism in the Flags of the American South
Thought I’d do a slightly different post today. There’s been a lot more awareness recently of what the Confederate flag truly represents, and I think that’s a good thing. It’s an odious symbol and I think it’s important for it to be removed from public life.
But with all the obvious examples of Confederate flags (your statehouses and bumper stickers and what have you) it can be easy to miss some of the deeper, more buried Confederate imagery lingering on in the South. Case in point, the state flags. Nearly all of the former Confederate states have flags that can be clearly traced back to the Civil War. Some are directly from the era and some are just based on flags from that era, but the Confederate connection is always pretty clear once you know what you’re looking for.
Would there even be a strong tradition of state flags anywhere in America if not for the Civil War? I’m honestly not sure. There were a handful of antebellum examples, but it was secession from the Union that prompted the creation of most of the earliest state flags. Would these states have seen a need to symbolically distance themselves from the federal government if they hadn’t been pursuing this white supremacist mission?
In case you didn’t know, we are facing a gas shortage in the Southeastern US. So if you live in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas, you need to go and fill your tanks up ASAP. Go and get whatever basics you will need to limit your trips to town. Only drive if necessary. This is a serious situation and we can’t afford for people to be wasteful. Its going to be later in the week before they get the pipeline fixed, and gas stations are going to run out of fuel. Don’t wait, and be sparing.
As a bonafide Southern Belle, I usually take offense when someone takes an unjust poke at the South. But these “Southerner’s Rules for Living” could only have been written by someone born and raised in the Southland. See if you find them funny….or insulting. And, don’t shoot the messenger if its the latter!
SOUTHERN RULES FOR PERFECT LIVING
1. Never take a beer to a job interview.
2. Always identify people in your yard before shooting at them.
3. It’s considered tacky to take a cooler to church.
4. If you have to vacuum the bed, it is time to change the sheets.
5. Even if you’re certain that you are included in the will, it is still rude to drive the U-Haul to the funeral home.
1. When decanting wine, make sure that you tilt the paper cup and pour slowly so as not to “bruise” the fruit of the vine.
2. If drinking directly from the bottle, always hold it with your hands.
ENTERTAINING IN YOUR HOME:
1. A centerpiece for the table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.
2. Do not allow the dog to eat at the table, no matter how good his manners are.
1. While ears need to be cleaned regularly, this is a job that should be done in private using one’s OWN truck keys.
2. Even if you live alone, deodorant is not a waste of good money.
3. Use of proper toiletries can only delay bathing for a few days.
4. Dirt and grease under the fingernails is a social no-no, as they tend to detract from a woman’s jewelry and alter the taste of finger foods.
DATING (Outside the Family):
1. Always offer to bait your date’s hook, especially on the first date.
2. Be assertive. Let her know you’re interested: “I’ve been wanting to go out with you since I read that stuff on the bathroom wall two years ago.”
3. Establish with her parents what time she is expected back. Some will say 10:00 PM. Others might say “Monday.” If the latter is the answer, it is the man’s responsibility to get her to school on time.
1. Crying babies should be taken to the lobby and picked up immediately after the movie has ended.
2. Refrain from talking to characters on the screen. Tests have proven they can’t hear you.
1. Livestock is usually a poor choice for a wedding gift.
2. Kissing the bride for more than 5 seconds may get you shot.
3. For the groom, at least, rent a tux. A leisure suit with a cummerbund and a clean bowling shirt can create a tacky appearance.
4. Though uncomfortable, say “yes” to socks and shoes for this special occasion.
1. Dim your headlights for approaching vehicles, even if the gun is loaded and the deer is in sight.
2. When approaching a four-way stop, the vehicle with the largest tires does not always have the right of way.
3. Never tow another car using panty hose and duct tape.
4. When sending your wife down the road with a gas can, it is impolite to ask her to bring back beer too.
5. Do not lay rubber while traveling in a funeral procession.
One of the most scenic parkways in America, Natchez Trace Parkway runs 444 miles through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Passing stunning landscapes and pausing at hidden cultural treasures, traveling the Trace is a pleasure by foot, bike and car. Particularly beautiful in the spring and fall, we recommend visiting the Cypress Swamp around Halloween for a little dose of spooky fun. National Park Service photo.
If everything goes according to plan, Huntsville, Alabama will become the 10th city to offer Google Fiber service. Fiber is currently available in Kansas City; Provo; Austin, Texas; and Atlanta, Ga., but Google has already announced it plans to bring it to five more cities, including Nashville, Tenn.
I imagine a large part of being in the American Republican Party these days is being weary and sad and nervous about anyone asking too many inconvenient questions, TBH.
“Hey, why did we invade Iraq and kill one million civilians and then totally forget about it? Why did we turn a blind eye to Sandy Hook? Why will we never give a fuck about Tamir Rice? Why are we so convinced Obama is a Kenyan?”
And you’ll never get the answer. Because, you know, ultimately, you’re sick, sad little low IQ zombies.
And the worst kind of zombies. The ones who convince themselves that they secretly aren’t.
Today I’m celebrating my biological family - specifically my paternal side. We’ve gone through a lot of shit:
Escaped the Trail of Tears via fleeing north to Alabama and Tennessee
Were captured and became enslaved - but thankfully my ancestors on that side met during that time, married, and had kids
Released from slavery post emancipation into AK and TN
Then made our way to Indian Territory/Oklahoma to settle in Muskogee (to a town that’s now known as Wagoner, OK)
My ancestor Sidney Millinder (daughter of John Dunn) was not recognized by that chahta in southeast Oklahoma due to the whole parents/grandparents being put into slavery and living generations away from other Chahta in Indian Territory and her application to be put on the Dawes Rolls was rejected.
Despite all this, we’ve survived and thrived. We’ve got preachers, master degree holders, and all sorts in our family. Adoption’s fucked, but I’m thankful to have met my biological family, get to know them, and am honored to be apart of them. We are black and we are chahta. Chahta lusa sia hoke!