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  •  The Stars and Bars would have been a red flag (1+ / 0-)
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    to me.  That's just my two cents over this rupture of your friendship.

    That's one of the reasons why, for example, I tempered my appreciation for The Band, that American Canadian band that used to back up Dylan.  When I attended one of the premiere showings of "The Last Waltz," a very large Confederate flag hung on the wall during the interview which disturbed me profoundly.  Even the explanation given just didn't sit well with me, even though some of the band members were known to appreciate and support black musicians and black music.  

    Beyond show biz is something else again.

    There is just a certain mindset that is associated with the the Stars and Bars.  For me, it is not a symbol of anti-government sentiment, or independence, or freedom.  It's a symbol of oppression, or in the case of your so-called friend, a symbol of reaction, of ignorance, of contempt for others, and a refusal to change.

    I hope that for your sake, you'll be able to choose your friends with a dash more wisdom.  This whole marriage equality fight, like the phenomenon of having a black president, has tended to separate the wheat from chaff.  The ignorance, homophobia and lack of compassion can be dis-spiriting.

    An untypical Negro...since 1954. More @ This Black Sista's Page.

    by blksista on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 12:11:03 PM PDT

    •  I feel the same way about The Band (0+ / 0-)

      I actually do like their music, but songs like The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down actually really bother me.

      It comes way too close to Confederate sympathy for my comfort.

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