Despite what one may feel about the Confederate flag, the hysteria surrounding those who wish to have it and anything possibly associated with it, banned in light of the Charleston shooting massacre has reached a fever pitch.
Worse, the rush to ban things misses a significant point – scumbags who kill in the name of anything aren’t going to stop their hatred because a flag has been banned.
That said, the fact that this is the topic of choice over say, reviewing mental illness policies and diagnosis, is astonishing.
And it may have reached its apex with Lou Lumenick, film critic for the New York Post.
Lumenick would like to see the period film and all-time North American box-office champ, Gone With The Wind, banished to a museum, just like the flag.
The film critic asks, “If the Confederate flag is finally going to be consigned to museums as an ugly symbol of racism, what about the beloved film offering the most iconic glimpse of that flag in American culture?
He then lashes out at the film’s ‘insidious, subtle racism’ and concludes by asking “What does it say about us as a nation if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag … ?”
Comments on the film critic’s column were overwhelmingly in opposition to the suggestion.
Michael R. Bardsley mocked liberals for the fact that they “like to ban things.”
“What’s next?” he asked. “‘Dixie’ cups?”
He added, “If you can’t own it, can’t control it, can’t make people agree with you, you demonize it.”
Carla Gomes writes, “Everyone knows GWTW portrays a by-gone era and the fight for a “lost cause”. Glorifying or wanting it back, believing it “stands” for anything, is only in sick ignorant minds like yours.”
Another simply asked, “Is this a joke?”
Sadly, Lumenick’s desire to ban Gone With the Wind was not a parody. Should mainstays of American literature be next? Perhaps Huckleberry Finn should also be banned.
Banning language or concepts from a bygone era will never change history. It won’t bring back the innocent people murdered in Charleston by a deranged individual.
Rewriting history only allows us to gloss over the reality of Charleston – that 9 innocent people were killed based on their race. And isn’t ignoring that fact a bit racist?