My Facebook news feed has had its moments lately. Personally, I am very pleased with the recent marriage equality and Stars and Bars removal rulings. I have been pleasantly surprised at how much of my news feed has supported these things. However, my weakness for politically-tinged drama is still being fed.
As it so happens, the removal of Duck Dynasty (DD) from the reality circuit did not, in fact, push any conservatives to the left. And my DD-like-minded news feed contributors have faithfully stood up for keeping marriage licenses away from gay couples and for the freedom of expression of historical symbols, regardless of their linkage to American slavery. Just like how they stood up for that DD wacko’s presence on the airwaves on the grounds of preserving his already-unimpeached right to freedom of speech. It was unimportant that his speech included a defense of marrying off teenaged girls (it seems that once you hit the legal drinking age, you become a gold-digger instead of a duck-cleaner).
Tonight’s brouhaha centers on TV Land’s removal of the Dukes of Hazzard from the lineup because the General Lee is bedecked with now-obsolete imagery of the Confederate flag. It seems that America has suffered unforgivable loss.
I was unaware that the General Lee was all that made America great. I should have appreciated it more, some would say.
No. I shouldn’t.
Times change, and with that, so does how we live. Keeping around old practices and symbols of hate denigrates us all. It is my hope that detractors can fake it ’till they make it.