Lynryd Skynryd, the Southern rock band idolized by so many, alienated many of their fans when the sole surviving member of the original band, guitarist Gary Rossington, said that the Confederate flag has racist connections and distanced themselves from the symbol:
“Through the years, people like the KKK and skinheads kinda kidnapped the Dixie or Southern flag from its tradition and the heritage of the soldiers. That’s what it was about. We didn’t want that to go to our fans or show the image like we agreed with any of the race stuff or any of the bad things.”
Raw Story reports:
To some fans, that seemed to completely contradict the band’s image—one line in Sweet Home Alabama, for instance, has been interpreted as applauding Alabama’s infamous racist Governor George Wallace. Outraged, fans flocked to the comment section of CNN’s piece to voice their anger.
With fans grumbling, Rossington posted a short message on the band’s site Friday clarifying his remarks and saying the Confederate Flag would remain a staple of Skynyrd shows.
“We know what the Dixie flag represents and its heritage; the Civil War was fought over States rights,” he wrote.
“I only stated my opinion that the confederate flag, at times, was unfairly being used as a symbol by various hate groups, which is something that we don’t support the flag being used for,” he added. “The Confederate flag means something more to us, Heritage not Hate.”
While Skynard’s stance against racism is certainly admirable, we must not forget something else the flag stands for–treason. The battle for “states’ rights” and the “rebellious” attitude are remnants of a Southern tradition that required military conflict to solve. In fact, the “Confederate flag” that is so disgustingly and proudly flown is, in fact, a symbol of armed rebellion! It is not one of the Confederacy’s national flags; it is, in fact, a modified battle flag. It is shown below (battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia):
Note that it still only slightly resembles it. The flag that is usually displayed is this;
That was the battle flag of the Army of Tennessee. Another interesting note (for bigots that hate under the name of ‘Christianity’ and fly flags like this) is that the original flag, the one that this one is based from, actually looks like this:
The reason for the change? They didn’t want to favor a particular religion; in this case, Christianity. So they changed it to the more-recognized flag today.
The actual national flags of the Confederacy are seen below, or close versions (some changed numbers of stars):
(note the field of white)
Flying any of these flags is nothing to be proud of. You’re continuing a tradition of racism and bigotry, and they are all symbols of treason and a nation divided. If you support the Confederate flag, you are not patriotic. You are un-American.