13-year-old explains 'southern pride' to idiot racists

During a survey of New Yorkers who fly the failed symbol of Confederate racism, a fantastic moment occurred.

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Sign this petition to replace Confederate memorial with manatee memorial

Manatee County, Florida has a Confederate monument, but a local resident hopes to get it replaced with a memorial to Snooty the Manatee, a legendary manatee who recently died in an accident just after his 69th birthday. Read the rest

Did China's flagmaking hub predict the 2016 election?

Maybe next presidential election, it would behoove pollsters to check in with flagmakers of Yiwu, China's main manufacturing center for flags exported to America. One manufacturer told a Chinese video site he knew Trump would win because they were exporting so many more Trump flags. Read the rest

Busting the myth that the Civil War was about "states' rights"

Confederate Flag wavers claim the the Civil War was all about "states' rights," not slavery. But in this video Colonel Ty Seidule, head of the history department at the US Military Academy at West Point, offers plenty of evidence that this isn't the case. For example, Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens wrote "Our new government was founded on slavery." And slave states were happy to bow to federal law when it benefited them:

From Vox:

Mississippi once complained that New York's notion of states' rights was too strong — because it prevented Mississippi slaveowners from bringing their slaves up North. This war wasn't about the principle of federal power; it was about the threat that the federal government might eventually use that power to abolish slavery.

Ultimately, Seidule's point boils down to something very simple: Be honest. Americans should be able to admit that a huge part of the country was devoted to slavery, so much so that they were willing to die for it. But at the same time, Americans should be proud that their government waged a war to end slavery.

"It is to America's everlasting credit that it fought the most devastating war in its history in order to abolish slavery," Seidule concludes. "As a soldier, I am proud that the United States Army — my army — defeated the Confederates."

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Sousaphone turns KKK rally into party

A sousaphonist added the most fitting soundtrack to this Ku Klux Klan rally. Read the rest

South Carolina: Confederate flag will be removed from Statehouse on Friday, July 10 at 10am

It's about time.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, just now: “"The Confederate flag is coming off the South Carolina Statehouse. Tomorrow morning at 10:00am, we will see the Confederate Flag come down,” she added, “with dignity.”

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A New Confederate Flag

New Confederate Flag: a tumblog of greatness. Read the rest

South Carolina State Senate votes to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds

South Carolina's Senate passed legislation Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state house, where it has flown for five decades despite being viewed by many as a symbol of slavery.

Defending Confederate flag, South Carolina legislator goes off on crazy anti-rainbows rant

They're not rainbows. They're “abomination colors.”

We'd be okay with this remodel of The Dukes of Hazzard car

The General Lee loses its Confederate Flag, and the truth about Bo and Luke comes out. Read the rest

This cartoon nails today so perfectly: Confederate flag down, rainbows up

Instantly iconic.

Boo at the Confederate flag til it burns. It'll probably make you feel better

In BooFlag, just switch on your computer mic and boo at the Confederate flag. As you do, it will slowly be lowered, and eventually it will catch on fire and burn to a little pile of ash. Is it all happening too slowly? Boo harder.

It's satisfying, of course, but as the game reminds you, chiding an emblem doesn't solve structural problems. It's an "unofficial sequel" to BulchyC's Americlap, a game where you earn money by clapping your hands at the American flag til you feel embarrassed. Sometimes very simple mechanics can create such fertile territory, and they make often complicated ideas and thought spaces simple to experience and share.

The game is by Carnegie Mellon professor Paolo Pedercini, whose imprint Molleindustria has done some of the most provocative critiques of systems and issues in the game space for years, on topics from church sex abuse cover-ups, the human cost of smartphone manufacturing, and drones, among many others.

BooFlag comes just after news that Apple would remove a swath of Civil War-themed games from the App Store because they feature the Confederate flag. Attention has been renewed on the fraught Southern emblem since the tragic Charleston church massacre earlier this month—many on social media abroad were surprised to learn the basically racist flag still flies on government buildings in certain parts of America, and remains well-beloved by people who don't like to think about racism.

BooFlag calls attention to how anger at the symbol, however righteous, might be for some people a much easier method of taking action against structural inequity in America than, you know, actual action. Read the rest

Alabama governor orders Confederate flags removed from state capitol

Another southern state tears down the popular symbol of racism and slavery. In this Reuters photo, state workers take down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state capitol on Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala. Read the rest

LIFE revisits 1950s "fad" for Confederate flags

LIFE photo editor Liz Ronk and writer Eliza Berman looked through their archives, writing with clear-eyed hindsight of LIFE's Truman-era collection of Confederate flag photos. Read the rest

Peak Bill O'Reilly: “Confederate flag represents bravery,” not racist hate

What a terrible person this man is. I mean, we all know already. But come on.

Amazon and eBay to ban Confederate merchandise (UPDATE: And Etsy too)

Following the announced removal of the popular symbol of slavery and racism from state capitols, license plates and big box stores, online retail giants are following suit.

Amazon confirmed that it will pull "Confederate flag merchandise" from the website Tuesday afternoon, about an hour after eBay banned sales and auctions of similar stuff.

Sales of the flags were skyrocketing at Amazon at the time of the announcement. At the time of publication, a cheapo polyester Confederate battle flag remains the top seller in the site's flag category, knocking the ever-popular Swastika into second place.

The sudden revulsion at the flag follows last week's killing of nine people by white supremacist Dylann Roof, who has been charged with the murders and returned to South Carolina to face trial.

UPDATE: And Etsy too!

"Today, we are removing confederate flag items from our marketplace," the company said. "Etsy's policies prohibit items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred and these items fall squarely into that category."
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Confederate flag sales soar on Amazon

Four of Amazon's ten top-selling flags are currently Confederate in the wake of proposed bans across the U.S. The trend echoes spikes in gun sales when 'Muricans fear the government is going to impose new restrictions on firearms, or when Coca-Cola announces a new formulation. Maybe it's people buying them to burn, but probably not. Read the rest

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