Long Live The Stars And Bars?
I've said before I find all this supposed outrage over the flying of the confederate flag both annoying and silly.
The first time I saw it in the recent past that comes to mind was when the Eureka Reporter's editor, Glenn Franco- Simmons, wrote an editorial a year or two ago lambasting people who displayed such flags on their cars.
I must have missed the recent article in the Times- Standard on the brouhaha in Ferndale over some students at Ferndale High School flying confederate flags, but this gal, Rosie Schultz, gave me the heads up on that story in her well written My Word column published today.
Then, to my surprise, even Jim Garvey piped in with an anti- confederate flag letter to the editor in today's Times- Standard (can't find that letter online). His letter told us what a symbol of hate that flag is. That goes to show that just about everyone will try and take a politically correct stance at some time or another if only to show they care.
Even Sonoma County shares some of the controversy with this story appearing today in the Santa Rosa Press- Democrat about the Stars and Bars being flown by some students at Camarillo High School. Looks like some are planning a walkout there protesting that flag with others suggesting the school should ban display of politically incorrect flags.
Allow me to cross the line of political correctness once again.
I know some feel the Stars and Bars is a sign of, to paraphrase, "hatred and slavery". I'm sure some that fly that flag actually do fly it for such sentiments. I don't see the flag that way.
I see the flag as signifying, rebellion, as Rosie Shultz put it. I also see it as a sign of state's rights, independence and the right to secession. I guess I'm a rebel, at heart, so I kind of like the Stars and Bars. Long may it wave!