1The computer giant that completely censored the Confederate flag only to backpedal a day later
In June 2015, Apple banned all apps using the Confederate flag. However, a day later, they started putting some Civil War games back into the iTunes App Store. Why?
An Apple spokeswoman said: “We have removed apps from the App Store that use the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways, which is in violation of our guidelines. We are not removing apps that display the Confederate flag for educational or historical uses.” She added that Apple has been working with developers to reinstate their games.
The computer giant called app developers HexWar Games to let them know that one their games, “Civil War: 1863,” was back on sale without needing any changes. The other three, “Civil War: 1862,” “Civil War: 1864? and “Civil War: Gettysburg,” were not immediately put back.
The Scottish game developer believes Apple has an issue with certain Civil War games if they feature the Confederate flag on icons and screenshots that appear prominently in the App store.
2The activist who removed the flag from the South Carolina capitol herself
Just a few days after the tragedy unfolded in Charleston, activist Bree Newsome climbed a flagpole in Columbia, South Carolina and removed the Confederate flag that still flies in front of the Capitol building.
Newsome is a 30-year-old organizer from Charlotte, North Carolina. She had reached the midpoint of the flagpole—about fifteen feet—when police ordered her to come down. Newsome defied their orders and continued to climb to the 30-foot top and remove the flag. She had come prepared, using tree climbing equipment to get to the top.
She paused in her descent to declare, “I come to get you in the name of God. This flag comes down today!”
As she came down from the pole flag in hand, she uttered prayers and told awaiting police that she was “prepared to be arrested.” Police took the flag out of her hands, helped her over the enclosure, and she was taken away as a gathered crowd applauded her actions and chanted, “We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
Newsome and her spotter, activist James Tyson, were arrested and charged with defacing a monument and booked into jail.
A crowdfunding campaign for Newsome's bail, set up by the activist group Credo, met its $20,000 goal in three hours. Less than 10 minutes later, it was up to $25,000.
3The YouTube channel that attempts to explain what the official national flag of the Confederacy really is
C. G. P. Grey is an eponymous YouTube channel featuring short, explanatory videos. While controversy over the Confederate flag still rages, the company has posted a new video explaining how the flag we now know as the Confederate flag wasn't the national flag of the Confederate States of America. They had many national flags, but the flag you see above was never it.
Many of the flags the Confederates adopted and used in battle were very similar to the flag of the Union so they were always changing, from an all blue to the real stars and bars, to a white background flag, to a white background flag with a red bar at the time they surrendered. But the flag we know as the Confederate flag was a battle flag used by the army and navy to differentiate itself from the Union, not the government flag.
So, though the design of what we thought was the Confederate flag was used in certain elements, it was never actually used as the flag of the Confederate government.
For a more detailed description of flags used by Confederacy, watch the video below:
4The talk show host who wants to ban rap music alongside the Confederate flag
This debatable logic came courtesy of Fox News' Sean Hannity on his radio show in the days after the Charleston shooting.
"A lot of the music by those artists is chock full of the n-word and the b-word and the h-word, and racist, misogynist, sexist anti-woman slurs none of those retail executes would be caught dead using,” he said.
Hannity managed to work President Barack Obama's family into the conversation as well.
"If it's OK for Obama's teenage daughters and people to go into these stores and buy music chock-full of the n-word, the b-word, well maybe we should consider banning that too,” Hannity said. “We're in the process of banning everything. Just a thought.”
5The police officer who was fired after posting a picture of himself in Confederate flag boxers
A North Charleston police officer has been fired because he posted a photo of himself wearing Confederate flag boxer shorts.
Shannon Dildine, who was a sergeant and with the force since 1996, was sent a letter from Police Chief Eddie Driggers detailing why the department let him go:
“On Tuesday ... the City learned that you posted on Facebook a photograph in which you were wearing only a pair of boxer shorts emblazoned with the image of the Confederate flag. Your posting in this manner led to you being publicly identified as a North Charleston Police officer and associated both you and the Department with an image that symbolizes hate and oppression to a significant portion of the citizens we are sworn to serve.”
Driggers also said Dildine could compromise any criminal cases involving minorities because a defense attorney could use the photo to call into question his motivation for making an arrest.
6The entertainment company that will stop the licensing of products which include the Confederate flag
Warner Bros. has essentially announced the death of a cultural icon.
The “General Lee,” the 1969 Dodge Charger driven in the CBS TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, has taken its last ride with the old south. The Warner Bros. consumer marketing team has announced a decision to stop the licensing of General Lee toys and other items featuring the flag. The car, however, will still be seen on T-shirts, minus any signs of its trademark banner.
“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,” a spokesman for WB said. “We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories.”
Ben Jones, former Dukes of Hazzard star and former Georgia Congressman (D), is also a "proud member" of the Sons of Conservative Veterans (SCV). He also owns a chain of Cooter's Place stores in the South. He said he would stop selling Confederate Flag item when “hell freezes over.” Jones also noted that he believes the Stars and Bars represent the heritage and values of the South which include “courage, family, and good times.”
7The Nation of Islam leader who called for the American flag to come down
Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, said of the flag controversy, “We need to put the American flag down because we've caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag."
Farrakhan said, “White folks march with you because they don't want you upsetting the city, they don't give a damn about them nine.” He added that when the police took suspected shooter Dylann Roof to Burger King they were saying “You did a good job. Kill all them [bleep.]”
Check out the speech below:
8The descendant of Jefferson Davis who believes the Confederate flag should be removed
Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great grandson of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, said the Confederate flag should be retired to museums.
Hayes-Davis – who recently served as director of historic Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis' home in Biloxi, Mississippi – said the flag has "become a symbol that divides our country."
"It is time that this flag be folded and placed in the right historic perceptive and locations."
Myrlie Evers, whose husband, Medgar, a Mississippi NAACP field secretary, was assassinated in Jackson in 1963, said the support of Davis' descendant gives her hope that change will indeed come, not only with the flag, but in other ways as well. "It is good to see this emerge after all this tragedy," she said.