Skip to comments.Tallahassee Officials blur out Confederate Flag in Ads after complaint
Posted on 07/12/2004 7:35:41 AM PDT by Rebeleye
A letter to the editor...had quick consequences in the run-up to...Celebrate America festival, leading organizers to change TV ads for the fest just days before....In the video, (Mark)Wills climbs out of the car driven by the Dukes of Hazard, which has the (Confederate) flag painted on its roof....organizers blurred it from view in commercials that aired after Wednesday.
(Excerpt) Read more at tallahassee.com ...
The letter writer, Lorian Miles, said in a June 29 letter she was offended by the ads, which show a Confederate battle flag in scenes from a music video by country artist Mark Wills. "While some view the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern pride, the vast majority of people view it as a symbol of the South's racist past," she wrote.
In the video, Wills climbs out of the car driven by the Dukes of Hazard, which has the flag painted on its roof. Eager to avoid the perennial controversy that surrounds the Southern Cross, organizers blurred it from view in commercials that aired after Wednesday.
"We thought it was the easiest way to solve the situation and move forward," said Celebrate America executive director Billy Holder, who said the letter was the only complaint he'd heard. "I think everybody will be happy with the event overall," he said.
Tallahassee city officials said the ad was changed to ensure everyone would feel welcome at the festival. For more on this story, read tomorrow's Tallahassee Democrat.
Ridiculous. censorship...we can do without it.
Florida Dixie Bump
I'm sorry, the confederate flag is not the Southern Cross; a beautiful constellation not viewable in the northern latitudes.
ACK! (covers eyes) take it away! take it away !!
It's not a 'symbol of hate' either, but our PC infected officials don't concern themselves with pesky little things like FACTS!
Similar to Gov Jeb removimg the 2nd National from a historical flag display in Tallahassee.
ACK ACK. ACK ACK ACK ACK!
It's amazing how stupid some people are. The Confederate battle flag flew for what, 5 years during slavery? The Stars and Stripes flew for 100 years during slavery yet the Confederate flag is a symbol of Southern racism?
This is not about racism, hate, or any of that. It's about one group (PC weniers) asserting power on another group (everybody else). It's about power, plain and simple.
"See, I made them blur out the flag. I'm so powerful!"
Funny, when a private company chooses not to air a particular ad (not censorship), the left screams "Censorship", however, when a government entity refuses to show a flag (real censorship) the left is elated. We live in Bizarro-World.
Astronomical gazing aside, the Confederate Naval Jack, based on the St. Andrew's Cross (rectangular version of the "Battle Flag", with thirteen stars aligned on two crossed bars of blue on a field of red) is indeed known as the Southern Cross. Even newspapers in the South sometimes mess that up, calling it the "Stars and Bars", which was the CSA national flag.
Judge C.W. Tyler of Clarksville, Tenn. in 1898 wrote the following:
"A land that could forget its own sons who once took up arms and sacrificed their lives in response to its call is a land whose people must be intrinsically base; and if the cause was lost for which these sons contended, the failure to cherish their memories becomes doubly dishonorable, for their good name, having no favoring government to uphold it, must rest alone in the keeping of the men who shared their convictions and suffered defeat with them.
Upon these it devolves as a sacred duty to defend the "lost cause" against transducers, to uphold the motives of their fallen comrades, and to transmit to posterity, as worthy of emulation, the story of their virtue, their courage, and their sacrifices."
For this, as stated above, we must never forget those whom gave all for a cause they deemed honorable. And I say, "may God forever bless the Stars and Bars battle flag and those who fought beneath its banner."
I know the fact that people sacrificed their lives for a lost cause must have some sort of respect shown it, if only for the fact that lives were lost. But for the life of me, I still can't figure out any other reason for the Civil War being fought except for the right for some southern people to own slaves. This seems a pretty odious "cause", no matter how you slice it. I have always been against political correctness, but maybe it's time to just retire this rebel flag thing. The south lost the war; let's move on.
The St. Andrews Cross on the Confederate Battle Flag is a beautiful symbol of gallantry, courage and honor and it will NOT be forgotten by descendants of those who fought under it.
To move on is the solution, to denigrate, and make villians of those whom fought for the South is stupid PC that I for one will not tolerate, but will always come out four square against.
It is the stars and stripes that presided over 85 years (not the stars and bars of four years) of slavery and 200 years of Native American genocide. How do you square that with your right to own slaves satement versus the right to exterminate those whom were on the land and were in the way of those Americans who sought the final solution by killing them off.
You whine about the Southerners like myself that fight to retain things from our heritage, well brother let me clue you in, if they aren't stopped now, when will they be stopped? Too many Americans are content to sit on their fat asses and watch their liberties be eroded away by the liberals, PCists, Socialists, and Democrats. These slackers think "It won't happen to me". Wake up sunshine!!! IT IS HAPPENING - BIT BY BIT, AND LITTLE BY LITTLE, everywhere that those forces of Socialist PC tyranny can make a foothold! I didn't spend 20 years on Active Duty to watch everything I fought for be taken away by some elitist F*CKS in Washington.
You may not be from the South (poor boy) but you should at least recognize the root of the fight! Its about not letting government dictate what we wear, how we're to think, what we're to say. Its about freedom of speech and expression. PC smacks of Stalinist Communism! You don't have to agree with what the South fought for, but if you really knew history (US history) you would realize that what the South did was right!
Remember these words, for they are the cornerstone of our American ideology!
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
These words are what makes us uniquely American! And when you have judges legislating from the bench, and Legislators collaborating with enemies of liberty and trying to disarm WE THE PEOPLE, these same legislators who wish to sell our sovereignty to the UN, and groups of leftists teaching our kids to turn their backs on what made this country great, we are in some serious trouble! So don't gripe about why we fight, just be glad we are doing it. Or grow a spine and join in against those individuals I mentioned!
God bless and "look away, Dixieland".