I grew up in the American South. I’m glad the Union won. I personally dislike the symbolism of the Confederate battle flag for it’s connotations of racism, redneckery and good-ol’-boy-ism, although I can understand why other people in the south might revere it as a symbol of a gallant lost cause. I have no beef with Joe-Bob in Lizard Lick having it on his truck, and the Duke boy’s General Lee was an awful cool car.
However, on occasion I see the Stars and Bars on a license plate up here in the Great White North, and I’m pretty sure it’s a local Canadian’s car, not another immigrant, and I find it gets right up my nose, while the exact same thing would be almost unnoticed were I down south. I don’t know if it’s an issue of the Canadian being a poser, a wanna-be southerner, or just that such a complex symbol is reduced to a license plate by someone who doesn’t know what they’re saying, or do I simply think they haven’t the right to it. I don’t know.
I know that I wouldn’t drive around with anFLQ license plate if I weren’t from Quebec. That said, there are a hell of a lot of Tibetan flags in Southern California that never bothered me much.
*Just to prove my southern chops, I should mention that despite living in Soviet Canuckistan, I’ve taught my children to consume Cola and Peanuts in the only appropriate fashion, and the plural of you is y’all, as it should be.