By strange coincidence, all of this insanity about the Confederate flag is happening right on the eve of my dad and I commencing Civil War, one of the best, most ambitious Civil War board games ever made.
The current iconoclasm against the Confederate Battle Flag and Confederate iconography in general has reached absurd lengths as Civil War computer games are being pulled from digital shelves and the General Lee is being reimagined without the Stars & Bars for any future incarnations and toys of the Dukes of Hazzard. People have called for Gone With the Wind to be given the Song of the South treatment and banished.The problem with Iconoclasm is that it winds up granting just that much more power to the icons people are railing against; if they weren’t powerful, why would they need to be smashed?
Suddenly, people who don’t have any real emotional stake in the old Stars & Bars have a reason to say “Hey, wait a minute,” because they see folks tearing stuff down largely for the purpose of tearing down; they see people choosing a weak, difficult to defend, target being attacked because the attackers are certain that their victory is a sure thing. And if anything has shown itself to be true, it’s that folks will be ready to rally around an underdog, especially when it’s being attacked for purely socio-political reasons. If anything will cause the south to “rise again”, it’ll be marketplaces soft-banning the Stars & Bars. Civil War video games are out at Apple; when Skynyrd comes down from iTunes, folks may go to war.
I can’t help but wonder if my State’s flag will come under fire soon. They fed us a bullshit line back in grade school state social studies about how the Arkansas flag is diamond shaped because we have a diamond crater, but that’s just because they wanted to retcon our flags’ origins harder than Capcom retconned Street Fighter 1 out of existence in the 90s and early Oughts. There was actually a law passed in 1987 claiming that the diamond stands for literal diamonds. It’s shaped like a diamond because it’s just the Virginia battle flag bisected.
But back to games… the notion that historical games are effectively being censored because they are accurately including period iconography is not only ridiculous, it is patently offensive. I’ve never flown the Stars & Bars and until now, I’ve never had an inkling to, but there’s only so long and so far you can kick a southern boy! So, when we start tonight, I’ll be playing the South and kick the tar out of those Yankees until they have no choice but to vote for George McClellan!