Comedian Stunned After Asking Man In Confederate Flag Shirt If He’s Pro-Slavery
An interview that was supposed to be humorous rapidly turned disturbing.
The Good Liars — a progressive comedy duo that sometimes plays pranks on conservatives and interviews folks at far-right political rallies — went to the National Rifle Association’s annual conference final weekend in Houston.
While there, one member of the Good Liars, Jason Selvig, was interviewing folks in attendance when he approached a person carrying a Confederate flag T-shirt that mentioned “Keep It Flying.”
“Why do you want to keep it flying?” Selvig requested the person.
“Why would anyone want to erase our heritage?” the person responded.
Selvig was fast to level out that many would say that the flag symbolizes racism and slavery.
“And they may have some valid points there,” Selvig advised the person.
The man responded by saying that associating the Confederate flag with slavery was merely an opinion. “They’re welcome to that opinion if they want it,” he mentioned.
In a presumed try and get the person to see his reasoning, Selvig then requested him if he was “pro-slavery.”
“No comment,” the person mentioned. “But thank you for the interview.”
As the person started to stroll away, Selvig reached for him and mentioned: “I’ll give you one more chance — pro- or anti-slavery?”
“No comment,” the person mentioned once more. Selvig appeared flabbergasted.
“I’ll give you one more opportunity,” Selvig mentioned as the person started to shake his head, “to say if you’re pro- or anti-slavery.”
“No, I don’t … no comment,” the person mentioned and walked away.
The man’s argument that the flag represents his Southern heritage is nothing new. The Confederate flag is believed by some to be a tribute to the “Lost Cause” — the idea that Confederacy fought to not uphold slavery however to guard states’ rights and protect a genteel lifestyle for white landowners — was created by white Southerns shortly after their 1865 defeat within the Civil War. It was an try to provide the South’s position, and the 1000’s of Confederate troopers who died, a extra constructive mild, in line with National Geographic.
And though some states within the South view the flag as an emblem of delight, it didn’t develop into in style till “the 1940s and 1950s as part of a massive resistance campaign against the civil rights movement,” Matthew Guterl, a professor of Africana and American research at Brown University, advised The Washington Post in 2015.
“It wouldn’t exist in our national popular culture without this moment,” Guterl mentioned. “When African Americans fought for their equality … the battle flag was recovered and redeployed as a symbol of opposition to it.”
He added: “What was once a very blatant, full-throated defense of white supremacy has now become this gesture to heritage and history that is presented as though it has nothing to do with the civil rights movement. But it has everything to do with the civil rights movement.”