Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Consensus Parameters

"We've" all agreed for years that the get-out-of-racism-free card for confederacy fans and fetishists was to simply mutter something about southern pride and "state's rights" and the best most political journalists (not all political journalists and certainly not all journalists generally) could come up with is a "one side claims" with the occasional "both sides" added in for good fun.

Every now and then something bubbles up which makes that basic narrative hard to avoid challenging, but things generally snap back to "normal" fairly quickly. Who can say, really, if displaying the Confederate Flag is signalling support for racism and slavery? Also, too, Robert Byrd, so there.