The Confederate flag is a symbol of racist traitor losers who killed U.S. citizens to preserve the institution of slavery and the hierarchy of the white race over the black race.
Unfortunately, many people still attempt to preserve the cultural memory of the Confederacy— its secession, racism, and slavery—under the guise of heritage and regional pride.
This pride persists in a state flag.
Mississippi’s red, white, and blue:
On June 10th, 2020, NASCAR finally banned the Confederate flag from its events. But this led to an interesting question.
What will NASCAR do when races are held in Mississippi?
I thought it only appropriate to not put the onus on NASCAR, but the state of Mississippi, to cut ties with the Confederacy altogether.
After a quick google search, I found many, many redesigns:
I also found this not-so-great replacement:
I decided to take the problem on myself. For all my politically conscious years, I have sought to eradicate eulogies to evil. I also care about our nation’s cultural health.
While brainstorming a new flag, I realized I needed to find something else for southerners, in this case Mississippi, to be proud about. A substitution. Pride for pride.
I found an article on Mississippi’s many contributions, including Pine Sol, soft toilet seats, and Stetson cowboy hats.
(Also, Barq’s Root Beer, the world’s largest shrimp, and selling shoes in a box by pair.)
Satisfied these were contributions to be proud of, I sketched something and commissioned an artist friend to realize the concept.
My artist asked to remain anonymous. I don’t see why. This was the result:
You’re welcome, Mississippi. I hope to see this on belt buckles, tee shirts, and race cars soon.