Post # 32
I grew up in a california city that unfortunatles has a large population of white supremists and skin head organization and I noticed that many of them unfortunatly proudly wield this symbol. I am part hispanic, native american, and half white so obviouly I am fairly tan but I have talked with some of these people and most would say it is not really about their racial views but to be honest, I don’t buy that.
So, to answer this question; yes I do find it offensive and alarming but if I went to a city where this generalization was not true I would quickly get over it.
Post # 33
@MRSsrm85: I guess you can’t help but offend people no matter what you do or what you don’t do.
EXACTLY. If people stop letting EVERYTHING and ANYTHING offend them in some way…we can all just go happily about our lives.
Post # 35
I’m not a Southern Bee (born and raised in Indiana) but I still don’t find it offensive.
Post # 36
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Yes. It is so intrinsically tied to slavery and racism that those connotations are impossible to ignore.
Post # 38
Ditto. I’ve lived in Los Angeles my entire life and have never visited the south. The only time I have seen it is sometimes when I am visiting the desert areas. I side eye the hell out of people with it because I doubt it’s a sign of southern heritage and pride here.
Post # 39
- Wedding: October 2019 - City, State
here is an example….. the swastika. It didn’t start as something negative. but there is one big event that was negative that it will always be connected with. The holocaust. Same goes for the CF. It wasn’t meant to be negative and was meant to have a good meaning. But there is one main thing people think of when they see it, the south and slavery. It doesn’t necessarily mean that in every instance its meant to be associated with slavery or supporting slavery, but unfortunately it has become an automatic association for majority of people.
Post # 40
I find it offensive. I’m originally from Massachusetts, but have been living in the Florida panhandle for 5 years, so I see it all the time now. I was kind of shocked when I first moved, but people do see it as a southern heritage thing here. Not sure why anyone would be proud of that, but whatever. I don’t let it bother me.
Post # 41
I find it to be absolutely offensive, and as open minded as I am about most things that will likely never change. I have personally seen it used as a symbol of hate too many times to ever see how people could be happy to wave it as a sign of their ‘heritage’.
Post # 42
WORD….it’s a flag, from the pas,t and it has no power unless you let it have power.
Post # 43
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
It depends on the person flying the flag. Growing up in the South I know some people fly it intentionally to show that they are racist while others fly it to show they are proud of their Southern heritage. Personally, I think there are better ways to show you are a Southerner and the Confederate flag they fly isn’t even the actual Conferederate flag, it’s a Virginia battle flag from the Civil War.
Post # 44
What if I just think its tacky?
Post # 45
@Boston Bee: but people do see it as a southern heritage thing here. Not sure why anyone would be proud of that, but whatever.
Why shoulodn’t people be proud of their southern heritage? You clearly are proud of where you’re from–your name is “BostonBee”. Just sayin’…
Post # 46
*dead* that just made me laugh so hard.