Pro golfer, Bubba Watson, is a two-time Masters champion who played his collegiate golf in the South, Alabama and Georgia to be exact. In 2012, the same year of his first Masters win, he bought The General Lee, the iconic 1969 Dodge Charger from the hit TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, at auction. Not a replica, the actual General Lee and he not only spent $110,000 to buy this piece of television history, but he also had the car autographed by John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the show. Now, Bubba Watson is caving to the politically correct, yet painfully misguided, movement to destroy the history of the South by announcing that he is going to paint over the iconic General Lee’s Confederate flag.
All men ARE created equal, I believe that so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee #USA
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) July 2, 2015
His followers on Twitter wasted no time in reacting to the announcement and set off a firestorm of mostly uninformed debate as to the meaning and symbolism of the flag. However, many fans rightly pointed out that he has had the car for 3 years and now “all of a sudden” in the frenzy of political correctness it is suddenly offense enough to deface an icon of TV history. Since this recent debate began, there has been a bandwagon of support, corporations removing products from their shelves and TV Land even removing the Dukes of Hazzard reruns from its channel.
Ironically, rather than removing the flag from public view as the PC Police had hoped, it has become more prevalent than ever. Even President Obama was greeted by Confederate flag supporters during his recent visit to Tennessee. Americans seem to take offense to being told what to do, what something they revere means and the destruction of American Icons like the General Lee. Small business that sell flags are reporting record sales of Confederate flags. People across the country are speaking out about the history of the Civil War, pointing out that it was about much more than slavery and racism.
In a recent article here on NoozSaurus we covered the statement that Mike Rowe made in regards to the flag as well as the response he got from one of his fans. You can see that, HERE.
Many argue that this is nothing more than “feel good” politics, symbolism over substance. Most of the debate surrounding this issue has little if any basis in fact or actual history. It is a debate of feelings on both sides, those who take pride in what they view as Southern Heritage, pride and to a large extent a rebel identity that, like the South in the Civil War, stood rightly or wrongly against oppression of their rights. Others see nothing more than a symbol of hate, slavery and racism without context, without reason and largely based on a lack of knowledge regarding the complexity of the issues surrounding a war fought a century and a half ago. Equating the flag with nothing more than those who have used it as a symbol of hate rather than the much larger and more sincere group of Americans who hold it dear for reason not at all related to race.
Like most issues in America, there are at least two sides to every issue yet when things like this move to the forefront of public awareness it typically results in a very public battle that divides the nation with no real chance of advancing any honest debate. Emotion cannot be defeated by reason and America as a whole suffers for the discord it creates. History is rewritten, Icons destroyed and a nation descends into chaos and division.