One of the photos is of a cemetery in rural South Georgia. Most prominent are two monuments which are facing away from us, two statues of a man and a woman sitting in chairs. The photograph is titled "Keeping Watch." To me, it speaks powerfully of the Southern tension over the past.
About an hour ago I found the framed photograph face-down on a table.
I assumed it had fallen off and someone had just picked it up. I called it to the attention of Will (my boss, for those of you joining us in progress) and wondered if the nail was loose, etc. Will called my attention to the Confederate flag visible on one of the graves.
...Now, I am a bleeding-heart liberal and am by no means a fan of the Stars and Bars. I don't think the Confederate flag has any place over state capitols. But I also don't think acknowledging the fact that it exists, and is important to people, is a declaration of support for it.
If you don't like the art, if it offends you, raise a dialogue over it. Don't just try and take it away because you don't agree with it. That's not going to win any people to your point of view.
We hung it back up for the time being. I'm anxious to see what happens next. If anyone calls me a racist, I WILL go through the roof.
...It just feels really weird to me to be in a spot where I'm not the one screaming against the flag.