As Rush Limbaugh predicted, controversy initially tied to the governmental display of the Confederate flag quickly grew to include criticism of other symbols – including the American flag – and virtually any mention of the Confederacy.
Among the latest in a series of increasingly specious rants came in the form of an editorial penned by assistant professor Judith Harrington. In her opinion, the flag’s depiction of “a white man as a hardworking, rugged, individualist, and an Indian riding a horse and holding a spear” are telltale signs of racism.
Harrington went on to suggest that the imagery also reveals the white man driving the native from his land. She wrote:
The image of the pioneer, a peaceful man who has laid down his gun and is plowing his field, is juxtaposed with the image of the Indian, who may still want to fight (his spear is at the ready) but who seems to be riding away.
She suggested the current design be scrapped and a new one developed through a statewide contest.