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Don’t know how (:?) but I have recently become engaged in an interesting debate on aizens-girl journal regarding the current issue surrounding  the Confederate battle flag. I’m fully aware that :devart: is not a soapbox for political exchanges, but then again have art and symbols not always reflected the defining spirit of the political scene, the very zeitgeist if you will? Added to which a flag, any flag, is the very essence of art itself, a simple graphic design that means many things to many people over many years, in this case 152 years, time enough to become securely ensconced in the history of a nation, if not the world, certainly my world in England, a perennial favourite in fact with many a Brit who would be hard pushed to describe the flag of the Netherlands even though the Dutch live just next-door. It’s not something that should be callously labelled as offensive this Monday and then banned for sale the very next day by all and sundry after 152 years. Now correct me if I’m wrong here, but I do believe that the Swastika sported by the Nazi Party pretty much went out of fashion about the same time as the party itself, if not well before. Isn’t that the way “Offensive” works in the real world?  But 152 years! I smell a rat!

Anyway back to art:showing-art: . Aesthetically speaking, I care little for the flag itself, it’s far too busy for my taste and I don’t like the colours, too predictable, nonetheless I must admit it does evoke a myriad of images which thankfully does not include that of “White Supremacy”.

Perhaps I’m just an ignorant European, but to me at least it is an emblem, by very definition, of rebelliousness; defiance; and I’m not being frivolous here given recent events, but the shenanigans against Boss Hogg the very personification of corrupt government (excuse me while I muse over mental images of Daisy DukesDrool ), add to this Rockabilly music; V-engine motorcycles; Ironclad battleships; spies; intrigue; hidden gold; quintessential Steam Punk... And yes, I am fully aware, and there’s the key word AWARENESS (because although we cannot change the past we can certainly learn from it) that the reviled KKK and other white supremacist groups took it as their own...But let’s not forget that this battle flag was also carried by American soldiers, sailors and airmen, albeit unofficially, in all theatres of war throughout the 20th century and even today, not as a sign of white supremacy but as a reminder of home and what they were fighting for and in many cases sadly died for. If we ban it and it goes underground then it’s game over, the supremacists win!

It's our duty to educate ourselves and not to be spoonfed opinions. If you're reading this then you must be already connected to the Internet! Use it!

Why not start with  :iconcsasupporters:


And there is my tuppence worth (I'm just sick and tired of other people happily erasing what I had cherished as my past...Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris, the Cookie Monster ... it never ends)

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Y-Phil Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello dear friend :wave:
How are you? One month no see, almost... I'm missing you :aww:
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the favorite.
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Aizens-girl Featured By Owner Edited Jun 24, 2015
Sorry.... it's been resolved. I was jumping to conclusions...  Never mind.
Sorry for wasting your time. :/
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phraught Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the fav on my little troll-test!
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madaigual Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
You've embarrassed me now Johnny... I'm fascinated by everything you do, not just this one, it's great that you share your ongoing process with us.
In a perfect world I'd love the option to switch off favs; it's possible with comments and downloads,  so why not favs?

BTW: :thanks::thanks::thanks::thanks:For all the :+fav:s you've given me this past year :thanks::thanks::thanks::thanks:

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phraught Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok - now you've got me all scared and stuff - I won't want to post something lest it be lame.

Ah - what the hell.    :D
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lexxii Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Gallery Pete:)

Invite to join :iconcutieshots: A Diverse Growing Global Super group Featuring Over 150+Galleries & 2500 Members strong dedicated to artists of all Genres to display their fine art into this Super group:) **Please Join Soon** xoxolexxiiCutieShots
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madaigual Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Sincerest thanks for stopping by and inviting me to join your wonderful group, it would be an honour indeed  (admittedly I rarely submit to groups any more, the laws of time seem to have changed recently, nonetheless I do enjoy seeing what others are up to)

Thanks again
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