Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves. Others wear their ignorance on their chests.
Count how many things are wrong with this t-shirt: "Standing Alone Against Northern Aggression Since 1861":
1) 1861? South Carolina seceded in December 1860.
2) Since 1861? Alone? Really? How many states seceded? How many fought against the U.S. Army? How many states enacted Jim Crow? How many segregated the races? How many fought every piece of progressive legislation to appear before Congress in the past century or more? Also, would you really want to use a "national" flag -- one that was supposed to represent a confederation involving more than one state -- to symbolize and emphasize your isolation?
3) Northern Aggression? When even that alleged dyed-in-the-wool Yankee abolitionist Abraham Lincoln said that he believed that he did not have the power to violate the concept of private property and free slaves in states where the institution was protected? Or during Plessy v. Ferguson? Or the rise of Jim Crow? Or ....well, you get the picture. Based on the shape of the Confederate flag in the background of the image, a shape that became popular during the resistance to the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century, I'd say that "northern aggression" means anytime that white folks have to recognize the humanity and -- at the very least -- political equality of black folks.
4) Given that SC has been majority black for a majority of its history since colonization, I hardly think that this is the majority opinion in the state. Are they trying to erase that part of the population as well as their participation in history? After all, African American participation in that history might be in direct opposition to the interpretation on this t-shirt?
Or perhaps the majority, African American position might be similar. They have been standing alone against northern aggression aiding and abetting southern aggression against non-whites for most of U.S. history. Only, the dates on the shirt would probably include "except" rather than "since."
This store did not get our business. Cross-posted at Clio Bluestocking Tales
Labels: Clio Bluestocking, Online Museum of Historical Kitsch
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AndrewMc on 3/18/2010 6:06 PM:
You assume that rationality has anything at all to do with what goes on inside the head of someone who wears a shirt like that.
Ahistoricality on 3/18/2010 11:28 PM:
Funny, I was just visiting a Civil War battlefield site recently, and they had two Confederate flags, neither of which looked anything like that....
But actual history doesn't have anything to do with these people, either.
Ross Levin on 3/21/2010 7:45 PM:
Not to mention, who's been doing that standing alone since 1861? That's an awful long time for one person to stand alone against anything...
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Well, given the FACT that people tend to be moving southward (who can blame people for leaving tax hellholes like Mass, NY, NJ and Ill.) don't be surprised if the south decides to do the invading next time.
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