Friday, October 1, 2010

Negative Symbol of America

As a negative image of America i have chosen the confederate battle flag, it is a prime example of how stereotype has shaped how America is viewed in the modern world. When we think about the southern confederate states of America we automatically think 'redneck'. This stereotype has branded many people who raise the confederate flag as racists, when in actual fact the flag does not represent this at all.
The flag has been adopted by racist movements like the ku klux klan in recent years, and as a result, lingering tensions of racial conflict in the past have been automatically associated with this symbol.
the flag traditionally represented the south's resistence to northern political dominance but became racially charged during the civil rights movement in the 1950's and 1960's, when fighting against desegregation became the focal point of that movement - something which had characterised a lot of confederate states.
With some analysis, it could be said that the confederate flag has become a symbol of America's racist history, while the northern states have come to signify liberty and equality.

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