I still remember that day back in 1979 when my brother came running into my room and said, “Jennifer, come here! You’ve got to see this cool car!” So, I went to see what he was talking about. There it was on the screen. The General Lee.
My brother wasn’t kidding. The car was super cool and the Dukes of Hazzard soon became one of our favorite shows. I didn’t know much about cars at the time, but as I got older, I realized that the General Lee was a 1969 Dodge Charger, one of the quintessential muscle cars of its era.
We loved watching Bo and Luke Duke, played by John Schneider and Tom Wopat respectively, outrun Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane with the General Lee and to the dismay and frustration of Boss Hogg. To see it go flying up in the air during that car chase was epic!
When the demand to not only remove the Confederate flag from flying at the South Carolina capitol, but to remove it from all of society, came to fruition on Tuesday, with the flag blamed for the decision of a deranged, racist to kill 9 black people in a Charleston church, the General Lee came to my mind.
Would there be a demand to do away with that iconic car? After all, it did have the Confederate flag on the top of it.
Then, upon waking up on Wednesday morning, I discovered that what I wondered about the General Lee did indeed come true. Warner Brothers has announced that they will no longer make the iconic car from the hit TV show in its original fashion any longer. They will not simply strip the vehicle of its flag, they will no longer produce it.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof–as it was seen in the TV series. We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories.
And with that decision, a piece of television history has also died.
I’m not discounting the feelings of many regarding the Confederate flag. If the State of South Carolina wanted to make the decision to no longer fly the flag at their capitol, then that is up to them. A Democrat is responsible for the Confederate flag flying over the state’s capitol in the first place and a Republican governor made the push to remove it. To me, it is how this is being done with the flag blamed for the AME church killer’s decision to kill.
Dylann Roof would be a racist with or without that flag. Look into his eyes. The man is unstable. He just so happened to have pictures taken with the Confederate flag and they were discovered online.
Within a matter of hours, we went from the decision to remove the flag from the South Carolina state capitol, to vandalism of Confederate officer statues, to calls for such statues to be taken down by RINO Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to outcry over Confederate war memorials and burial sites.
Must the country be stripped of an entire part of its history because of the actions of one man?
The slippery slope we are headed down is this. The very same arguments that are being used against the Confederate flag have been used against the American flag. Even prior to this horrific event, professors in California signed a letter of solidarity with students who want to ban the American flag from being flown on their campus because, they say, it symbolizes racism. The University of California system, led by former Obama Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, has also listed a number of phrases that are banned from campuses because they are, according to Big Sis, microaggressions of racism. These include phrases such as “America is a melting pot” and “America is a land of opportunity.”
Yes, this is a very slippery slope. The reactionary decision to take down the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol, one that wouldn’t be there at all were it not for the Democrat Gov. Fritz Hollings, has led to a snowball effect of cleansing the country of a part of its history, the racist part of the Democrat history that the Left has tried to cover-up or transfer to Republicans for decades.
RELATED: Is the Confederate Flag Removal Just Part of the Left’s Scheme to Rewrite American History?
And because of it, replica cars of the General Lee will no longer be made.
Don’t expect to see reruns of the Dukes of Hazzard on television much longer. The PC police will likely not allow it lest that flag be seen by others. Or, maybe they will allow the show to be run as long as the Confederate flag is replaced with a rainbow flag of “inclusion.”