Flag Photo Was a Terrible Choice
Was it ignorance or intentional blatant callousness in which The Pilot featured the bastardization of the state flag on its front page on Sunday, Aug. 8?
The photographer probably took dozens of pictures of the Robbins Farmers Day parade, but the one chosen prominently displayed one of the vilest symbols of hatred and bigotry known: the battle flag of the Confederacy. To add injury to insult, it was combined with the state emblem.
Before the zealots start ranting and raving about the lie of “Heritage not Hatred,” let them remember that the flag, in some form or fashion, has been present at lynchings, cross burnings, segregationist parades, anti-civil-rights rallies, anti-busing affairs, school integration protests and the like for the past 140 years. The Stars and Bars, along with the swastika, is the standard banner of the Klan, skinheads and their ilk.
I have yet to hear the devotees of the battle flag protest to these groups about the use of the flag at the above-mentioned event. “Heritage not Hatred?” Yeah, right.
Editor Bouser, when you chose this picture for your paper, your sensitivity needle must have been broken or wasn’t working for the readers I know.
I believe in freedom of speech and expression. I defend one’s right to display that rag of a flag on his or her private property. Personally, I think it should be on door mats and toilet tissue.
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