Monday, June 22, 2015

how strong is this "fuck you Dylann Roof" moment?

It would be a remarkable thing if Dylann Roof's racist terrorist attack finally got South Carolina to take down the Confederate battle flag. Color me skeptical, however. Before we see where the backlash against his attack will lead, we need to see the backlash against the backlash. The flag still has a constituency, one that is particularly attuned to the feeling that they are embattled or "under siege" from outsiders. The effort to take it down could work. It just remains to be seen whether it can withstand what comes next.

And if it does come down in SC, it will be interesting to see how that affects things in other states like Georgia and Mississippi. (I actually think that GA might ditch its confederate symbols next, but MS will will take a while)