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Old 11-07-2008, 10:41 AM
 
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This came out before the election, hope it wasn't already posted.

I like this guy...the only person to ever get me to understand some points of view about the rebel flag (though I won't change my opinion but that's another thread)
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HUDSON The 1984 Ford F-150 pickup truck parked at the Wal-Mart Supercenter is modified with special tires for mud-bogging.

And though the truck is caked in dirt, you can still clearly see bumper stickers that honor NASCAR drivers Rusty Wallace and Kasey Kahne. Another is a mock North Carolina Terrorist Hunting Permit, and another simply says "Rebel.''

A giant North Carolina Confederate flag waves from a pole stuck in the side of the truck bed. And if you look real hard, you can see one more proclamation on the tailgate, one that catches you by surprise: "OBAMA '08."


Rebel flag and Obama sticker: His truck will jar you - St. Petersburg Times
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Austin
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I admire the guy-- he seems like a sensible young man with a head on his shoulders. And I do understand where he is coming from. What I didn't understand was this line:

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"I was at the mud hole and I pulled up in my truck with the Obama sticker on the back and they were like, 'Whoa, you need to get rid of that sticker, he's black — you need to vote for a white man.' I've had a bunch of confrontations like that, but I've also had a few country people down here that say they actually like it.
I've been kindly reminded many times by a lot of people on this board that lack of support for Obama, especially in the South, has absolutely nothing to do with racism. Was this guy lying?
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:29 AM
 
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To me the confederate flag has never symbolized racism. Makes me think more of just country boys, pickup trucks, etc. - on the order of the Dukes of Hazzard boys. My parents moved to southern Missouri after I had gone to college and my little brother was still at home. He and his friends drove pickups and ran around the gravel and country roads of southern Missouri having fun, building cars and trucks, working for a farmer/rancher putting up hay and building fences and having fun in their off time. They didn't have confederate flags, but they are the kind of boys I think of when I think confederate flag. Maybe southern Missouri isn't truly the south. But I've never seen the confederate flag as racist at all.
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:57 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Great story thanks for posting. I too do not believe the Confederate flag to be a symbol of racism. The Civil War was undoubtedly the worst war in our history, most of the troops who fought in that war on both sides are heros to me.
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