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    LYNYRD SKYNYRD ANGER SOME FANS BY DENOUNCING THE CONFEDERATE FLAG

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    Legendary Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd have angered some fans by announcing that they will stop using the confederate flag, which for much of their career had been featured prominently on their stages, logos, t-shirts and other tour merchandise.

    The band’s lone original member, guitarist Gary Rossington, recently told CNN that the group does recognize the racial divide that comes with the flag, which was flown by the confederacy of 11 southern “slave” states who seceded from America during the Civil War.

    As he explained, “Through the years, people like the KKK and skinheads kinda kidnapped the Dixie or Southern flag from its tradition and the heritage of the soldiers. That’s what it’s all about. We didn’t want that to go to our fans or show the image like we agreed with any of the race stuff or any of the bad things.”

    However, not all fans agree with this decision. A number of them criticized the group on the CNN message board. One hit out at the band for just erasing the imagery altogether rather than attempting to educate their fans. It was also suggested repeatedly that by removing the Confederate imagery, the group was alienating a segment of their audience — those who identified with the band’s longtime embrace of all things southern.

    Another commenter simply altered a Skynyrd lyric, explaining, “Well I hope Lynyrd Skynyrd will remember, a Southern man don’t need THEM around anyhow.”

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    This guy needs to start denouncing donuts.

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    He (Rossington) is becoming politically correct NOW? Wonderful, this will get the NAACP coming to their shows.
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    I think it actually reinforces racsist beliefs about the flag by denouncing it after so many years of use. Even the lyrical playfight between Van Zant and Neil Young about "Southern Man" helped to lighten up the dark associations.

    In the end, the reality is that the flag is a symbol to some people, I have a Union Jack as part of my english heritage but I certainly don't agree with their centuries of colonialist policy, hell my entire academic career partially denounces it. Doesn't mean I can't enjoy my flag and family history.

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    The band have backed off these comments a bit and stated that they will still use the confederate flag, alabama state flag, n the U.S. flag at their shows. They say it's a Southern cultural thing and that they are not in favor of what some groups have done with the flag.

    Really no big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pal1800 View Post
    The band have backed off these comments a bit and stated that they will still use the confederate flag, alabama state flag, n the U.S. flag at their shows. They say it's a Southern cultural thing and that they are not in favor of what some groups have done with the flag.

    Really no big deal.
    That seems more reasonable. Not that it makes a huge difference to me since I'm not even a fan. I prefer their "rip-offs".

    But I thought it was a shocking turn of events.

 

 

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