Rally Round Getting Rid of the Flag

I was in a beach store in Florida in December the last time I saw confederate merch. It was the kind of place full of polished shells and mugs that looked like sunburned bodies, and I was trying to talk myself out of buying overpriced tchotchkes for Kick. Turned the corner and BAM, a bunch of beer coozies with the stars and bars. Like they were just another souvenir.

It felt like a slap, after the past couple of years we’ve had, and I’m whiter than a very white thing. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be a family out to the county fair for a good time, only to be confronted with something that basically says, “My aesthetic is that I like owning people.”

Last summer, I contacted officials at the Essex County Fair about their vendor policy and got hung up on. The policy on their website makes no mention of offensive merchandise — same with the Franklin County Fair site. The Saratoga County vendor handbook refers to “offensive writing/pictures/graphics” in a list of prohibited products.

Letitia James said, “Confederate flags are a tribute to a dark, hateful and painful past and have no place in our society beyond the history books. State-funded fairs and events should not be peddlers and profiters of this, or any other hateful paraphernalia.”

I’d love to see the fairs adopt a clear statement of principle like that, or like this: “Racist products are banned at the fair.” That wasn’t hard. Why are some people making it hard?

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2 thoughts on “Rally Round Getting Rid of the Flag

  1. Snarki, child of Loki says:

    “Turned the corner and BAM, a bunch of beer coozies with the stars and bars. Like they were just another souvenir.”

    Thank goodness you didn’t wander into their Nazi aisle.

    Sure, that’s a dark joke. THIS YEAR.

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  2. Dorothy says:

    How about, “no flags except official US, states, and territories”?

    You can even sell it as an attempt to ban the Mexican flag, and the bigots would support it. But I’d like to see the looks on their faces when the stars and bars is banned while the Puerto Rican flag proudly flies.

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