Friday, June 02, 2006

Banned Old Flag

Q: What do suburban white high school kids do when they pay a surprise visit to an inner city high school?

The superintendent of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District yesterday apologized for the Baldwin High School students who drove onto the Brashear High School campus last week, waving Confederate flags.
Q: How bad was it?
Pittsburgh Public Schools officials said "several carloads" of students from Baldwin High School drove onto the Brashear campus May 25. They said the procession was led by a pickup truck, and that the truck's occupants waved Confederate flags.
In other words, it looked like people showing up for a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. Which leads me to ask another question: Has Skynyrd ever had to apologize on behalf of their fans because of all the Confederate flags in the parking lot? A few years ago, I went to see Ted Nugent and Deep Purple on the same bill as Lynyrd Skynyrd. The car in which I rode seemed to be the only vehicle without a giant Confederate flag sticking out the top.

Not being suicidal, I didn't take anyone to task over it. But something inside of me wanted to cry out, in the words of Basil Fawlty, "Who won the bloody war, anyway?"

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