Well, I'm back from the blue with a rant. Rejoice!...or not...
Anyone who read this blog last winter may have come across my rant on the confederate flag. To sum that rant up in a nutshell: I hate the confederate flag. I don't think it stands for anything worth being proud for. I think all arguments for its display are moronic and lack any form of logic or substance that stands for anything good.
Anyway, my ex-college campus, Lousiana State University, has been in an uproar lately. A few years back, someone introduced a confederate flag cast in the LSU colors, purple and gold, and several Tiger (LSU) fans began to 'proudly' display the flag at football games. You can see a picture of this flag, along with some wacky redesigns (and good fun) on this post at my good friend Meche's blog. Don't get mad, Meche, I am giving your sweet skills some advertisement. Notice I didn't say free advertisement...
Obviously, most African Americans (and most sensitive and modern-thinking white folks/all other races) are offended by this flag. And they should be. There have been protest marches against the flag every Saturday for the last few weeks.
This flag is obviously ridiculously offensive. The fans who fly it claim that it combines two things they love: the South and LSU.
Here is a thought (I have previously stated on the Meche's blog): Has anyone ever looked at someone holding up an LSU flag and thought:
"Gee, that sure is nice that they have LSU pride, but do they have Southern pride?"
Hmm... I don't know. I guess it is possible that someone could love the flagship University of a deep South state, yet hate the south...but really, lets cut the bullshit out of the argument. Of course someone who loves LSU is most probably a big fan of the South. So why tarnish the good old purple and gold with the hate-symbolizing 'rebel' flag? Why set race relations back with something so imbecillic? There are many other ways to show 'Southern' and LSU pride at the same time. Put purple food coloring in your crawfish boil, then throw some lemons on top when you are done. Wear a purple and gold shirt that says, "I Love the South." Or get even more home-centric and wear a purple and gold shirt that says, "Louisiana Proud!" I still don't get why we have to be so regional about everything, but I can see reasons for it. I mean, we (Citizens of Southern U.S. states) are often looked down upon, which gives us a feeling of unity, I guess. You are much more likely to hear a joke about a Southern person than say, someone from Wyoming. And speaking about people from the South as if they are complete idiots is still pretty popular and accepted these days. I would find this dissing of my home area and people quite offensive (and indeed, it does piss me off), but for one thing:
Idiots keep doing things like flying Confederate flags colored purple and gold, and get all hot, bothered, and angry when someone tells them they are offended by it.
Stop giving people even more reason to disrespect us!
You are not bringing any honor to the South!
You are bringing shame!
I am apparently particularly fond of the colon today. The punctuation mark, not the body part. Not that I have anything against colons.