The flag pictured here was raised last week by a family member in South Carolina. Years ago the household flew the Confederate flag proudly in front of their home – until one evening their house was vandalized by “youths.” Intimidated by anti-Southern extremists (of the type who have recently vandalized veterans memorials, destroyed private property and even shot and killed those with whom they disagree), the family took down the flag of their ancestors. But upset by the recent all-out (and Republican-led) war on Southern heritage they have again raised the St. Andrew’s Cross of Dixie.
They are not alone. On my short drive through a mostly rural area on the way to work I now pass three homes flying Confederate flags where previously there were none. The contractor who showed up at my house to work today was wearing a Confederate flag baseball cap. And a couple of the men at work have added the Southern banner to their vehicles. And then there are the hundreds of pro-Confederate flag rallies which have happened across the South. The Republican war against Southern heritage has backfired!