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.