My Confederate hat experiment

After the conference I spent a couple of days in Kentucky, visiting Mammoth Caves and exploring the rural areas. While there, I bought a cap featuring the Confederate battle flag. Because of the amount of effort the armies of darkness (the Left) put into banning the rebel flag, I consider it a symbol of freedom of speech. Whether or not one can wear it is a litmus test of our liberties in the U.S.
A lot of people wear the rebel flag every day and think nothing of it. But I’m from the Northwest, where it is considered unacceptable and offensive. On my return trip, I visited four airports: Nashville, Dallas, Seattle and Portland. I’m pleased to say that nobody seemed to be bothered by it in Nashville; there was even one other man wearing a rebel t-shirt. He was a Yankee like me, though of Southern roots. In Dallas I got one or two looks from people waiting to travel to Seattle, but nobody said anything. People were especially kind to me in Seattle, but then again, that’s the way most people are there anyway. I did get a couple of “how can you wear that” looks in Seattle, but again, nobody said anything. There were no reactions in Portland – but I was only there a few minutes.
Taken together with our successful conference, I conclude that we still have our freedom of speech. Let’s use it!

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19 Responses to My Confederate hat experiment

  1. Gorbachev says:

    And with that test, I conclude that the ACLU is no longer necessary and we can all turn our rifles in.

  2. Half Sigma says:

    The confederate flag stands for slavery–so I think there are better ways to express rebellion against the liberal.

    • WmarkW says:

      Some Amren-leaners will dislike this comment because the South is a great place with many many good people in it.
      But to many people, race-realism conjures images of slavery in the Confederacy and genocide under the Nazis. And I think it’s important to emphasize that what we believe is to extend to the realm of race (and similar concepts like immigration) the same freedom of thought, speech and action, that everyone accepts in other arenas. “I want to live in a white neighborhood” is just as legitimate as “I want a neighborhood with other kids the same ages as mine” or “one that’s free from drugs.” Symbols of totalitarianism are not our side.

  3. anon says:

    I had a small flag in my office for several years. There were two white guys who really had a problem with it and used slavery as an excuse to bash it. But I knew them well enough to know they’re criticisms were motivated more by prejudice than principle. I haven’t displayed it publicly for years. But I still have one on my living room wall. It’s my house.
    On the one hand, southerners may see the flag in terms of heritage rather than being “against” someone else. On the other hand, blacks and northerners may see it in terms of slavery because they don’t particularly care for whites and southerners, respectively. Then these groups project their opinions onto others assuming that because it means “X” to them that it has to mean “X” to others, as well. But it doesn’t.
    Here’s a hint for those who may be wary of visiting the south. Southerners don’t hate yankees. They just don’t like people who don’t like them. But if someone does hassle you then all you have to say is, “You’re barking up the wrong tree. I like the south.” That should take care of it. Of course, if you don’t mean it then it won’t work. ha ha

  4. Iforgot says:

    Now you need a Jack Daniels or CAT Diesel Power T-shirt to complete the picture. And boots and bluejeans, and don’t forget a big ol’ belt buckle. Land in Seattle wearing that and you’ll probably have people approaching you asking if you’re lost. LOL

  5. I’ve often wanted to wear an Iron Cross just to see how many people would tell me it was a swastika. I always thought it was funny when people got the two mixed up.
    Speaking of crosses, I remember as a kid thinking a SwissAir plane was an ambulance. My dad asked me why I thought that. I said, “Because it’s got a red cross on it.” He said, “Oh really? Is the cross red?” We had a good laugh over that one.
    I think people should be careful not to over-identify with lost causes. I’ve often been frustrated with the use of the term “loser” as a put-down (losing something is not usually something to be ashamed of), but I also think it’s important to not apply the reverse logic. We don’t have to go around to every war under the sun and say that whoever lost was the good guys.
    I know this isn’t what J.A.Y. is doing, but it strikes me as curious that, when people choose to “show their heritage”, the ones who always choose the 1861-1865 period as (the most emblematic period of?) there heritage tend to be the ones who live in the states that lost. I hardly ever seen a Northerner displaying a US flag from that period. I don’t even know what it looks like (but I’ll look it up.)

    • anon says:

      Olave d’Estienne
      but it strikes me as curious that, when people choose to “show their heritage”, the ones who always choose the 1861-1865 period as (the most emblematic period of?) there heritage tend to be the ones who live in the states that lost.
      This is going to fall on deaf ears, but the states who “lost” had some common bonds. That’s one of the reasons they were on the same side in the first place. 1861-1865 was the most pivotal and defining moment in their history. It’s not unreasonable they would choose this period to symbolize their heritage. Even if they hadn’t chosen this period others would still have chosen it for them. The south has been bashed and used as a whipping boy for 150 years. If others would crawl off our backs then we probably would have melted back into the country a long time ago. But since they didn’t we won’t. And we never will. We’ll still be flying our flag long after the United States has ceased to exist because we’re one of the few people in America who really are a “people”. Amish, Mormons, Jews, etc all have their own identity. And we do, too. Tell them to give up their identity and they’ll tell you the same thing I will. Pound sand.

      • SFG says:

        Parts of the North have strong local identities too–New England and New York City come to mind.
        Indeed, New England, much like the South, has a strong ideology and sense of place. They’re the intellectually superior Puritans who have to civilize the unwashed savages in the rest of the country…and avoid that huge, awful, cesspit to the south…
        (…that beats them in baseball all the time. Who did you think I meant? 😉 )

      • anon says:

        That read like a joke. But I don’t follow sports so I didn’t get it. Are you talking about sports team rivalries?

      • SFG says:

        I can’t respond to the person below, so I’ll respond here:
        Boston hates New York, and likes to see their team (the Red Sox) beat the Yankees (from New York). So I set the paragraph up to look like Boston was despising the South, when actually they save their bile for NYC.
        Interestingly, I once had a Mainer describe NYC as ‘down south’! I don’t think she meant it the way people usually do.

      • anon says:

        When you say Boston hates New York are you just talking about a little team spirit? Or do you mean the people really hate other?

      • I guess what I wrote came off as a pretty acidic. I certainly don’t feel like I’ve asked anyone to give up their heritage.
        I’m sure that Southern Whites are a more cohesive group than any other group of Whites, and that may come in handy when America goes away. On the other hand … Hurricane Katrina.
        We’re all in for the fight of our lives. With huge numbers of Blacks (who will be against us) and US Army personnel (who are an unknown quantity; it really depends on how fast they boil the frog) in the South, their fight is completely different from the one in my region (where there are huge numbers of leftists who are against us, but may eventually be shown reality once the anti-white pogroms are on YouTube in large numbers).
        Best wishes.

      • Gay State Girl says:

        It is silly and probably stems from jealousy or resentment among the general populace even among those who don’t follow sports (along the lines of how natives feel about American tourists.) I shouldn’t call Boston an after thought, as Philadelphia holds that title for the Northeast, but Boston is often referred to as “a suburb of New York,” and lacks its own unique character. But it is much cleaner, safer, civilized, and friendly than New York City.
        New England is no longer true to its Puritanical values. Whitey Bulger bragged that he had driven the English out of Boston and even Northern New England is overwhelmingly of Irish or French Canadian descent rather than the original Yankee stock.

  6. latte island says:

    JAY wrote: “Taken together with our successful conference, I conclude that we still have our freedom of speech. Let’s use it!”
    I assume most of the areas you tried the experiment were majority white. If you did that in an integrated area, for instance the East Bay in the SF Bay Area, you would have been stomped to death by black people, and white liberals would have made excuses for the perps. My thought experiment illustrates that even though we may have free speech in some areas, people who live in integrated areas don’t have free speech.

  7. Billy says:

    Had you worn a cap with a swastika you probably would have been assaulted, or at the very least verbally harassed.
    That would have been a much more interesting test of the limits of free speech.

  8. Anna says:

    I came across this the other day on YT, and was reminded of your article:
    *rolls eyes*

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