Awww, the Southern Nationalists Are Offended

Over the holiday weekend, there were events held in 11 states where they burned confederate flags, put on by a conceptual artist. And boy, was the neo-Confederate, Southern nationalist crowd upset about it. They got their stars and bars all bunched up along with their undies.

John Sims, a 47-year-old conceptual artist in Sarasota, Fla., who is organizing the Memorial Day events, said he hoped to prod people “to reflect upon and critique the complex nature of the Confederate flag as a lasting symbol of terror.” He said he planned to stage funerals for the flag in the 11 states that formed the Confederacy, along with Kentucky and Missouri.

The events, in cities including Nashville, New Orleans and Clarkston, Ga., will involve poetry readings and musical performances as well.

Police department spokespersons in Orlando and Nashville said they weren’t aware of any security concerns tied to the events.

Some groups that cherish the Confederate flag reacted angrily to news of Mr. Sims’s project. “This is not only terribly offensive, but astonishingly idiotic,” said Ben Jones, a former Democratic congressman from Georgia and spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “This sort of thing merely inflames old divisions.” Mr. Jones said he had a message for Mr. Sims: “For every flag he burns and buries, we will put 10 more up.”

You may also know Ben Jones as Cooter on the Dukes of Hazzard. And no, I’m not joking. For comment on a story about confederate flags, they went to Cooter from the Dukes of Hazzard. I can only assume that Junior Samples from Hee Haw was busy. I love the fact that he thinks burning the flag “inflames old divisions,” but displaying the flag somehow magically does not. Confederate tears taste almost as good as Christian right tears. In fact, they taste remarkably similar.


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  • Trebuchet

    Cooter, if I recall correctly, was also upset about Daisy being too sexy in the “Dukes” movie.

  • Modusoperandi

    Over the holiday weekend, there were events held in 11 states where they burned confederate flags, put on by a conceptual artist.

    That just sounds dangerous. I simply don’t get art. Burning Confederate flags I understand, but did he need to wear them?


    I love the fact that he thinks burning the flag “inflames old divisions,” but displaying the flag somehow magically does not.

    It doesn’t. It harkens back to a simpler time when we were united in our division.

  • daved

    Junior Samples died in 1983 and was unavailable for comment.

  • erichoug

    IN 1996 I saw a college age person wearing a T-shirt featuring 3 confederate soldiers marching, apparently home, to a southern plantation home carrying the confederate battle flag, underneath them were the words “Heritage, not hate”

    Which I think is even worse. Because the heritage of the American South before during and after the civil war is absolutely barbaric . Slavery as an institution required an enormous expenditure of violence and coercion to get enslaved people to work. It was a system theat is predicated on violence and makes both the slave and the master less than human. Several northern visitors to the south, before the war, commented that the southern planters were far kinder to their livestock than they were to their slaves.

    And after the war it is a long dark history of terrorism, barbarism, legalized dis-enfrachisement and in many cases, in many areas, the freed slaves were free only in theory.

    So, the “heritage” of the south and their tin-pot dictators flag should be burned, they should be buried, the people trying to pretend it had nothing to do with racism or hatred should apologize and give it up and then we can all move on.

  • thebookofdave

    From the Code of Confederate Flag Etiquette, courtesy of The Military Order of Stars and Bars:

    The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

    I don’t understand what the fuss is about. Sims clearly recognized the true value of Southern Culture, and went out of his way to pay all due respect to its symbols. My only question is: why stop at eleven flag funerals, with so many more Confederate flags deserving their long-awaited retirement?

  • wpjoe

    Ed, FYI the Stars and Bars is not the flag you and other yankees think of as the confederate flag. It is instead a flag with two red stripes, one white stripe, and a blue square with a small white star for each of the CSA states. As a good southern boy, my advice to the southern states is to get rid of the stupid flag that nearly everyone associates with hate and ignorance and join the 21st century.

  • Hoosier X

    None dare call it political correctness.

  • dingojack

    wpjoe – Only to 1 May, 1863. See here.


  • dogmeat

    What gets me is, above and beyond the horrors of slavery, segregation, and suppression of rights, the Confederate flag stands for treason. How people who claim to be patriotic Americans can fly a flag symbolic of treason confuses me to no end.

    Supporters claim it isn’t about the Civil Rights era, but instead about “heritage,” but that heritage is treason. Not only is it a bogus claim that ignores the horrible treatment of people, it doesn’t make it any better by celebrating treason.

  • whheydt

    Hmmm… I am almost certainly eligible to join the Sons of Confederate Veterans (but I don’t want to…and I would refuse if asked). I say: Burn the damned battle flag, and the other flags used by the Confederacy. The South lost. Get over it.

  • Anri

    dogmeat @ 9:


    The entire purpose of the Confederate Battle Flag was to lead troops to kill US soldiers, which they did with an effectiveness few groups have matched since.

    I fail to see how flying such a flag is patriotic.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Anri : Well, it’d be patriotic if you were a confederate slavery lover who hates freedom and the US of A..

  • Gregory in Seattle

    Earlier this month, I saw the idea of making May 10 a national holiday floating around, under the name Union Day. For those not well versed in American history, that was the day that Jefferson Davis, President-in-exile of the crumbling Confederate States of America, was captured, officially ending the US Civil War.

    It is about bloody time for the insurrections to understand that the war ended 150 years ago AND THEY FUCKING LOST.

  • robertbaden

    The North won the openly military phase of the war. I’ve seen the claim made that Reconstruction was a guerrilla war phase that the North lost.