And now, the but: No flag should be banned. Make symbols taboo, and you give them power. The way to weaken symbols is to subvert them. That was my intention when I wrote Captain Confederacy. This is the cover to the first issue:
It was reproduced at Scolding Polemic Bun Toons! YAY! | Ty Templeton's ART LAND!!, where I said,
As the author of Captain Confederacy, I’ll give you your answer about the guy in the snake suit: in the first issue, he was an actor in a propaganda unit in a racist parallel world Confederacy. He turns against the program. The series had two arcs: the first was focused on the white guy who played Captain Confederacy. In the second, published by Epic, a black woman became Captain Confederacy. The whole thing began as a comment on nationalistic superheroes, because there’s something about wearing flags and hitting people that has always bothered me.This post was inspired by When Anti-Racists Adopted the Confederate Battle Flag - Hit & Run : Reason.com. Its use of "anti-racist" seems ahistorical—at least, I never encountered the term then—but the article's interesting for any student of the civil rights era.
Historical footnote: A Captain Marvel one-shot from Marvel featuring Monica Rambeau was the first comic book from a major company that starred a black female superhero. The second Captain Confederacy series from Epic was the first comic book series from a major company that starred a black female superhero. I’m a little proud of that.
And last, I completely agree that the Confederate flag has no place on any government building in the USA.
This post was also inspired by this short story: "The Appropriation of Cultures" by Percival Everett