by J. D. Heyes, NaturalNews.com
An icon of a hit 1970s-era comedy has been reduced to a symbol of overt racism by thought and speech police who are seeking to get Americans’ minds right through demonization and attacks on the First Amendment.
Now, it seems, the famous orange Dodge Charger of Dukes of Hazzard fame is “racist” because it is named the “General Lee” and it sports the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia — now commonly referred to as “the Confederate flag” — on its top.
Warner Bros., the distributor for The Dukes of Hazzard, announced this week that it will no longer sell products that feature the most popular version of Confederate military flags, joining a bevy of other retailers who have also pledged to stop selling related merchandise.
The media company announced in a statement that it won’t be licensing any future production of the car.
“Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof — as it was seen in the TV series. We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories,” Warner Brothers said in the statement.
THE MOVE TO WIPE OUT SOUTHERN HISTORY
The decision by Warner Bros. comes on the heels of a deadly rampage in a historic black church by 21-year-old confessed murderer Dylann Roof, who allegedly made racist statements to his victims before shooting and killing nine African American worshippers during a prayer service.
The killings, while horrific, were not typical in any way, however, despite claims by a number of black and white activists who say there is a “racism problem” in the United States and a so-called “war against blacks.” If anything, as US News & World Report noted in 2013, most Americans believe blacks, and not whites, are more racist.
Despite Warner Brothers’ decision, however, one former member of the Dukes of Hazzard cast, Ben Jones – who played Cooter Davenport – said he will continue to sell merchandise from the show online, and that will include Confederate military battle flags.
In a post on the shop’s Facebook page, he wrote, “I think all of Hazzard nation understands that the Confederate battle flag is the symbol that represents the indomitable spirit of independence which keeps us ‘makin’ our way the only way we know how,'” a line borrowed from the show’s theme song.
Nevertheless, calls for the flag’s removal from public view are reaching further into entertainment history than the 1970s – like all the way back to 1939.
CALL TO REMOVE MOVIE REFERENCES, PUBLIC STATUES
In a column for the New York Post, Lou Lumenick wrote that Warner Bros. should cut an iconic scene from that year’s historic Best Picture, Gone With the Wind, featuring a prominent shot of a Confederate battle flag (during a scene showing thousands of Confederate army soldiers wounded after the Battle of Atlanta).
“But 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 that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the GWTW intermission?” he wrote.
So far, retail giants eBay, Amazon and Walmart also said they would ban sales of the Confederate flag and merchandise showing the flag’s image earlier this week.
Politicians – local and national – are calling for the removal of other Confederate symbolism as well, such as New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s call to remove a statue of the Confederacy’s commanding general, Robert E. Lee, from “Lee Circle.”
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