HOT BLAST: That's one big Confederate flag in Virginia
Aug 08, 2013 | 2452 views |  0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When discussing the South's view of President Obama, it's too easy to fall into the trap of assuming that a region dominated by Republican voters and conservative voters are more inclined to dislike the president because he's black. So be careful.

Nevertheless, one political website, TheDailyBeast.com, is using a recent incident in Virginia to at least broach the subject that links racism to the South's view of President Obama.

The incident is somewhat predictable: Just outside of Richmond, Va., a group that calls itself the "Virginia Flaggers" has bought land adjacent to Interstate 95 where it will erect a 50-foot pole and fly a 10 foot-by-15 foot Confederate battle flag.

In fairness, The Daily Beast is clearly not a fan of Southern heritage groups. Likewise, the Daily Beast uses a liberal amount of election statistics that highlights Obama's standing among mainstream Deep South voters.

Eventually, The Daily Beast wrote, "Since we know white Southerners are heavily Republican and unusually hostile to Obama, it’s not a stretch to think they’ve experienced a large increase in anti-black prejudice as well. Or, put another way, in a region of the country where some whites continue to celebrate the Confederacy enthusiastically (see, again, the Virginia Flaggers), it’s reasonable to see a link between high opposition to the black president and racial prejudice."

Don't consider this as support or condemnation. It is, however, an interesting discussion for Southern voters to have, considering the topics involved.

-- Phillip Tutor
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