Monday, September 14, 2009

James Taranto writes that he doesn't understand Southern heritage, then goes on to write that the Confederate flag represents "secession and slavery ". Well, it might represent that to him, and it might to some Southerners, but my guess is that there are some Southerners for whom it represents something else.

Taranto, channeling Pauline Kael, seems to think that since everybody he knows thinks of the flag in that way, that must mean that everyone everywhere thinks of the flag that way. Perhaps if Taranto had an ancestor who fought in the Civil War, as South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson did, he might feel differently.