Removing Confederate Flag Is “Cultural Genocide,” Says Moron

Although pretty much everyone is backing the hell away from the Confederate flag this week in the wake of the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church – South Carolina, Walmart, Sears … even Mississippi is considering removing it from their state flag – it does still have its supporters. Among them, Pat Hines, the President of the South Carolina League of the South, who appeared on CNN last night to defend it.

He did not do an especially good job, although I admit I am a tad bit impressed with his gall. You’ve gotta have a lot of it to go on CNN and attempt to defend the Confederate flag to three black people without at some point just backing down and saying, “I’m sorry, I’m an asshole. Please forget everything I’ve said for the past five minutes. I’m going to leave now and rethink my entire life because this is just too embarrassing for words.”

But no, my friends. Pat Hines doubled down. When State Senator Marlon Kimpson suggested that it was a good thing that people were finally tackling this divisive symbol, Hines stated that getting rid of the flag was “moving to do cultural genocide on the Southern men and women.”

That … is not a thing. Granted, the League of the South is a neo-Confederate organization, and probably more extreme than I would hope most white Southerners are. However, judging at least by internet comments alone, there are a lot of people out there who at least partially agree with him on that. I’ve noticed that there are also a lot of Southerners who want to insist that it’s not a symbol of racism or slavery, but of their “heritage.”

Personally, I think they can do better than that.

I may be a Northerner, but I can certainly think of things about the South more worth celebrating than that time you fought (and lost!) a war in order to keep human beings as slaves. Really good food, for one. I mean, I could take or leave grits, but there is almost nothing better than fried green tomatoes.

Speaking of which, the South gave us some great writers, like Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes. Not to mention Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Dorothy Allison, Truman Capote, Harper Lee, Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers – I could go on. I think most of my favorite writers might be Southern writers.

There are parts of the South that are absolutely stunning, with beautiful trees and old buildings and the like. There’s great music – not just country, but Appalachian folk music as well. Who doesn’t love a dulcimer?

I guess what I’m saying here is that if the only thing you feel makes you proud about the South is the freaking Confederate flag, you’re just not looking hard enough. Take the good things you have and let go of the ones that hurt people. If you’re as big on friendliness as you like to say you are, then do the “friendly” thing. Be kind. The Confederate flag is not kind and it’s not friendly. It’s certainly not welcoming. You can do better.