Saturday, February 18, 2006

Now I Know He Done Lost His Mind



"What is the matter with that boy, he done went and posted a picture of that rebel flag. He's a racist...no good, I'm insulted."
Calm down folks, there's more. Many houses in this neck of the woods fly this flag on a regular basis. Well, after all J.E.B. Stuart was borned right up yonder and the town of Stuart is named after you know who, as is route 58. As well as the main drag through Galax and probably a lot of other stuff I can't think of. At church the other night one of the young girls had on a T-shirt emblazoned with the flag and proclaiming, "If this offends, you need a history lesson". The period before the "late unpleasantness" may recall a time, although reprehensible, must be remembered. Didn't someone say something about forgetting history and doomed to repeat it? So you think that one is cool, check this out

This is the original flag. Hit's pink! That's because there weren't enough red material around. The closest thing to red the good ladies of Richmond could find in any quantity was silk, pink silk.

I know your still saying "what's the matter with that boy, he done posted another picture of that rebel flag." This is going somewhere other than south (if you'll pardon the expression).

As my regular readers (both of you know who you are) will remember my wife drives around the environs of southwest Virginia where these flags fly with abandon. A side note; there is also a plethora of those little statues of black folks standing or sitting in front of houses. I tell my wife, who you may also remember is African-American, they put those out because since there's few people of color around here they're trying to attract some because they're missed.

At first she was reluctant to approach homes where the flag was flying. With trepidation, she did, and guess what these folks weren't racist, they was real hospitable. In fact, one of them had a certificate of appreciation from the NAACP. It's just that they're proud of their southern heritage. Of the rebellious and independent nature they inherited from their mostly Ulster Scot ancestors. It's not by coincidence St. Andrews cross also is represented on the flag of Scotland. That feeling as much a part of these mountains as the trees.

"Now he really gone and done hit, he done posted the Great Seal of The Confederate States of America "


When our former neighbor moved to Wisconsin he gave us a framed lithograph of this seal. That's George Washington in the center. Wanda wants to hang in
a place of honor on the fireplace. Isn't that where all this type of thing belongs? You know it's where we hang GGGG grandfathers sword from 1776 or his musket from the Kentucky or the Great Seal of The Confederate States of America. I just can't figure how to drill a hole in the brick with my low power drill to mount it.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Mrs Lifecruiser said...

Wow, that "Great Seal...." is really beutiful! Love it.

8:25 AM  
Blogger GUYK said...

Never really could understand the hype about the Confederate battle flag. It is as much a part of history as is any other symbol of an era and at least it is not a legend like George never telling a lie and cutting down the cherry tree.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, don't worry about the politically in-correct perceptions. That flag represented an entire section of America (13 states). It is real history that should never be banned and swept under the rug, and the flag should never represent a lack of motivation to move forward on equality. Rather it is reminder of region, culture, tenacity, and that our worst enemy can be ourselves.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Ra said...

Oh now see..

That was TOO informative (and funny too).

Wait til I tell all the folks up in North Gawgah that their original flag was pink.

It'll be open season for sure -- lol.

Have a great week, love to SWMBO!

Smooches!

-R

5:53 AM  
Blogger D L Ennis said...

This is a great piece you’ve written here Dave…Thanks!

8:26 AM  

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