This video from the USA says about itself:
John Sims/Dread Scott Notorious A.R.T.
10 Jan 2007
Artist Dread Scott discusses the connection between his piece, “The Proper Way to Hang A Flag” and John Sim’s “Recoloration Project”.
From Associated Press:
Confederate flag hanging from gallows ignites controversy
By STEPHEN MAJORS
March 16, 2007
A Confederate flag hanging from a noose on a 13-foot gallows will remain on display, after a local museum rebuffed requests Friday from the Sons of Confederate Veterans to take it down because of what the group feels is an offensive affront to Southern heritage.
The display, entitled ‘The Proper Way to Hang a Confederate Flag,’ is just one of 14 pieces of artwork _ all by the black artist John Sims that the Sons wanted removed from display at The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science.
The museum announced that it was standing by Sims’ work, part of a larger exhibit called ‘AfroProvocations,’ because it wants to inspire dialogue in the community about a symbol that engenders a diversity of strong responses. It has been on display since Feb. 26. …
But Robert Hurst, commander of the local camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said Friday he has lost respect for the museum, calling the display ‘offensive, objectionable and tasteless.’ …
Gee, either this Mr Hurst, or his rebel soldier father, surely is the biggest medical miracle of longevity in the world.
As the US Civil War ended with the Confederate army surrendering in 1865. And most real sons of Confederate veterans already being dead in the early twentieth century.
The article continues:
the exhibit _ which also contains a painting of Sims and a noose in front of the flag, and the flag juxtaposed with voting booths from the contested 2000 election …
Florida statutes say it’s unlawful to ‘deface, defile or contemptuously abuse’ the Confederate flag, but say it’s also illegal to prevent the display of the flag ‘for decorative or patriotic purposes.’
‘I think that we’re well within the statute,’ Barber said.
Just like the flag itself, the law is up for competing interpretations.
Nevertheless, it is disturbing that today, Florida law still protects a flag standing for slavery, bloody war to keep slavery and to expand it to what were then the Western territories of the USA like Kansas, segregationism, rebellion, and secession.
Somewhat like if in Germany today, the nazi swastika flag would still be protected against defacement.
However, in Germany the swastika is illegal. Not if anti nazis depict it crossed out or being thrown into a dustbin, however.
Kara Walkers cut-paper silhouettes on slavery: here.
The Election of 1860 and Secession—to Preserve Slavery: here.
Was the civil war about slavery? Yes.
The American Civil War: war against slavery: here.
- Video: Protesters in Confrontation with Black Man Right in Front of Confederate Flag (mediaite.com)
- Some People Love America! It’s Just the People They Can’t Stand! (ipledgeafallegiance.wordpress.com)
- Confederate Flag Guy Identified (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Right Wing Protesters Bring Confederate Flag to the White House (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Confederate flag stirs patriotic flag retort in Va. (thedailyrecord.com)
- The right’s Confederate flag conspiracy theories (salon.com)
- Please give me a break – and the country a break (UPDATED with Tweet roundup) (themoderatevoice.com)