A reader sends this question today via e-mail:
My wife and I spent some time last week in Montgomery, Al, where our newly married son and wife reside. We toured downtown Montgomery (in the throes of being "reinvigorated") and the State Capitol. I was interested to see confederate flags prominently displayed on the grounds of the Capitol. Not just one flag, but the four major flags of the confederacy, includignthe battle flag. This was not some subtle showing of the flags as they were all on tall flagpoles being very prominently displayed. I became curious as to the NAACP stance to this but my research fails to find any reaction. I wonder why SC is being boycotted but not Alabama? Any ideas?
This is the way I understand it: The South Carolina element within the NAACP has a lot of pull with the national organization. A key link is the Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III. Basically, S.C. is targeted because that’s the way the South Carolina NAACP leadership wants it. It has nothing to do with S.C. being worse, or special, in any objective sense.
- Alabama’s St. Andrew’s Cross is said to be patterned on the Confederate battle flag or naval jack, although given its plainness, one could be forgiven for guess it was the other way around.
- At the time the boycott started, Georgia actually had the battle flag design incorporated into its state flag, although I believe that’s no longer the case.
- Meanwhile, Mississippi’s sovereign state flag STILL incorporates both the Army of Northern Virginia battle flag AND a representation of the Stars and Bars.
If I were the NAACP, and I were inclined to boycott, I’d be boycotting Mississippi. But that’s just me.