Both HotAir and Twitchy have really good links and info on the crazy reaction. The short short version is that eBay, Amazon, etsy and Walmart have all pulled any and all merchandise with the Confederate Flag on it in some kind of crazed knee-jerk response to a murderer having some interest in the flag.
I’m not from the Old South, so I’m not particularly attached to the flag. It holds no personal meaning for me, but it is a historical symbol. Some folks are attached to it for personal reasons – like Byron Thomas, whose ancestors fought for the south and despite having been slaves, were compensated by the state. It’s not part of my heritage, but it is still part of American heritage.
When I was stationed in NC for a while, I visited some Civil War sites, talked with some reenactors, and frankly they’re the only ones I see getting hurt in this. They do living history and play dress-up, and now they’re suddenly terrorist racists or something.
It is telling to see handwringing by both leftists and the big city right worrying about “a creepy underground market” and driving a symbol underground to make it a martyr’s mark or something, where they’re all worried not that their spastic eradication and witch hunt is insane, but that there might still be some hardcore hate-driven hate-hate people who bond around a flag. Because of course they don’t know any reenactors, and only know what their bubble tells them about that flag.
The folks ostensibly on the right asking “why do these places still sell Nazi and Communist memorabilia” are hopefully trying to point out a double standard, but risk getting even more things banned. Frankly, if someone wants a bust of Stalin (20,000,000 murders to his credit) or a copy of Mao’s little red book (65,000,000 murders), it’s telling of the owner, whether they’re a historian, history buff, or Communist. And if you want to dress like a Nazi, maybe you’re an apt pupil, or maybe you’re part of a theater company doing a version of The Producers, or you’re a WWII reenactor (yes, they exist).
The character of a person is not changed by obliterating a flag from existence. But the character of the people demanding eradication is often made quite clear.
Stephen Miller hits on the real lesson to take from this (via Twitchy):
Slippery slope? Nope, just the left getting people to agree with them and do their bidding. If it does not conform, it must be obliterated.
Also, the Confederate Battle Flag belongs on the General Lee… which is being stripped of the flag.
As a MOPAR guy, that’s offensive. It’s also yet another reminder that the objective of the left is to utterly obliterate anything they disagree with. It must all be destroyed.