Fans Outraged After Lynyrd Skynyrd Denounces Confederate Flag

Kyle Rogers, Examiner, September 19, 2012

Lynyrd Skynyrd, which only contains one original member, has been using giant Confederate flags as concert backdrops for 30 years. The band has certainly never cared about being politically correct. The most famous song by the band, Sweet Home Alabama, praises former Governor and presidential candidate George Wallace. Today, Wallace is vilified by the left for defending racial segregation.

The Confederate flag became closely associated with rock n roll in part because of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Other famous rock acts continued to use the Confederate flag in concert through the 80s and 90s such include Guns N Roses, Pantera, and Kid Rock. Even Sean Taro Ono Lennon has been seen wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt.

Now the band has suddenly decided to become politically correct. Gary Rossington, the only original member, grovelled to CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield. He says he doesn’t want to offend anyone by using the Confederate flag. He said the band will no longer display the flag.

The band released a new studio album just days ago ironically titled “Last of A Dying Breed.” The band is preparing to go on tour to support their new album. However, there is a growing outrage among fans. Many say they have attended Lynyrd Skynyrd concerts for decades, but will never buy a ticket again. Twitter and Facebook have exploded with condemnation. Many are now calling the band a “fake,” who just own the right’s to the original band’s name.

A nationwide tour begins September 21st. Merchandise featuring the Confederate flag appears to have been scrubbed from the band’s website.

Three of the original members died in a plane crash in 1977. The plane was flying from Greenville, SC to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and crashed into the woods in Mississippi. Two female backup singers, their tour manager, and both pilots also died.

Editor’s Note: The following if from a 2003 Lynyrd Skynyrd concert in Nashville:

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  • anmpr1

    Maybe they can open for Niel Young.

    •  Or maybe even go completely cross genre and get Madonna and the surviving members of Kool & the Gang on the ticket. Now that would instantly make them the media’s darling for civility and atonement for being born White.

    • .

       I despise Neil Young.

  • Well, denouncing the Confederate flag is the civil thing to do. Can’t look too supreme or angry, or be looked at as uncouth, now can we? I guess I’m gonna have to burn all my stuff now.

    • jedsrael

      They need better p.r. advice. 

      They should have said, “We could tell that Ronnie was growing increasingly uncomfortable with the Confederate flags, becuase fans were reflecting too much Whiteness, so we are finally taking the long overdue step of honoring his dream of a more inclusive and welcoming band that caters to the the enriching Diveristy that we want to see reflected at our shows.  Now that the Confedrate flag is banned, we can become what he always wanted. He always hated singing Sweet Home Alabama and disparaging a genuine hero named Neil Young.”

    • Now you’re being just plain difficult and obtuse.

      • jedsrael

        Yes, p.c. is just plain difficult and obtuse, both qualities that are in its  definition.

      • No, I’m not. They are being civil. The only question is to whom the civility is extended. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Ask any Southern-hating, anti-White, and these guys will be on the road to recovery with this civil act of “respect.” Ask the actual White fan base, these guys epitomize the cowardice that has taken over the White man’s psyche. In other words, they are the big giant [P] word that the anti-Whites love to see.

        • I’m going to stop now before I only dig myself into a hole even deeper. As moderators, we’re really supposed to minimize our conversation with posters, and this particular moderator has been doing anything but. This is all my fault for starting this in the boot licking story. I’ll do the first honors by slapping my own hand.

          “Bad moderator.  Bad.  Bad.”

          Please don’t respond to this post.

        • razorrare

          James Edwards of the Political Cesspool was recently smeared by Southern hating anti-Whites at the mother jones website who wrote an article in response to James Edwards interview with U.S. Congressman Walter Jones(R-NC)…one smear they claimed is that James Edwards called all blacks “savages” and “sub-human”…Edwards explained that they took what he had said on CNN where he was invited to speak on the “Knoxville Horror” murders and twisted what he had actually said …he stated that the blacks who tortured & murdered the two young White people were savages and sub-human  and all decent and sane people would agree…Even Civil people would agree!! Heck, i would do him one better and brand the black killers with the ‘N’ word…you grant civility to those who earn it…

          Radio Show Hour 1–Posted Sun,16 Sep 2012…James Edwards sets the record straight by addressing the hysterical and dishonest reaction of the left over his interview last week with Congressman Walter Jones…


  • Puggg

    Southern rock is going where country has been going, that is, more politically correct over time.

    • The__Bobster

      Country has been hijacked by the usual suspects. The real thing is now called “Americana”.

      • blight14

         Indeed……just as in NASCAR………..taste the rainbow!

    • jedsrael

      I suspect that whomever owns L.S. also has a long investment in a Hate Metal label and expects to profit from the exodus of anrgy fans to more receptive genre of White expression.

    • C_C_Conrad

       The Quaker disease is spreading.   They are born white, live yellow & die black. 

  • Once they start having trouble selling out a high school gym, or have trouble filling seats with $1 tickets, the flag starts flying again.

  • jedsrael

    Haven’t you ever wondered what the conversation sounds like when the “wise men” come to visit the offenders?

    Somehow, by some strange voodoo magic, good people are instantly converted to dupes for the Diversity Regime and start fighting against their own instincts and future of their own people.  How does that happen?

    I suspect it comes down to dollars.  Somebody shows them some figures on paper and says, “Here’s what you are making now, here’s what you will make if you keep up your outdated and hateful attitudes, and here’s how rich we’ll make you if you just get on board with social progress”.

    Looks like Chic-Fil-A has just discovered a new Je$u$.  They’ve evolved-

    Chick-fil-A’s ‘cave’ stirs new backlash

    ATLANTA (AP) — Chick-fil-A gave another statement about recent reports that it will stop giving money to groups that oppose gay marriage, but the company did not make any clearer Thursday whether it was still funding them.


    If you ever hear somebody in the public eye say something that you like, just wait a few days for the mea cupla and forthcoming “reframed and reconsidered” statement.   For every step ahead, White Humanity falls further behind.  Doom is victory?

    • Puggg

      This is of course the thanks we get for many of us taking time out of our lives to crowd their restaurants to buy their kangaroo…oops, I mean chicken…sandwiches because the left was picking on them.  Kevin De Anna saw it coming.

    • I have been in several courts in Florida and Texas where, after a short recess “to review the case” or “to take an important phone call” or some such thing, the judge’s demeanor and attitude towards a case appeared to change so radically and suddenly that I could only conclude that some “wise guys” (so as to paraphrase but not quote “Jedsrael”) had “gotten to” hizzonner by way of improper, ex-parte communication.  Such things clearly do happen, but it is not by voodoo magic.  It is by comments relating to the judge’s future and probably that of his family.  I know at least four federal judges who confided to me that they are aware that the IRS maintains open files on them, and that “no one can ever be fully in compliance with IRS regulations” which are designed to be inherently contradictory and overlapping in incompatible ways.  The United States District Judge with whom I clerked twenty years ago, after graduating from law School, the Honorable Kenneth L. Ryskamp of the Southern District of Florida, refused to apologize for belonging to the Riviera Country Club in Miami, Florida, which excluded Jewish members (at that time).  He was pilloried by the late Senator Edward Kennedy and denied a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit…  In my clerkship application I wrote to him that even Federal Judges had a First Amendment right of Freedom of Association…. One of his mottos was, “If Judges Don’t Follow the Law, who will?”

      • razorrare

        Another principled federal Judge was John M Roll who was the second person murdered & shot down by the maniac in Arizona who also shot the congress lady Giffords…makes one wonder if he was actually the intended target…his name has been all but been
         forgotten in the entire story by the MSM…Judge Roll was a Constitutional conservative who taught that it is not a judges duty to interpret law but to enforce the supreme law to protect,defend and obey the U.S. Constitution…he was very much a thorn in the side of the New World Order.

        Sheriff Richard Mack was a guest speaker on the Political Cesspool Radio Show Sun 09,Sep 2012 hosted by James Edwards…he is one of 7 sheriffs who fought and defeated the Brady Bill back in 98( You can listen to the interview here…

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          And then there are all those questions about that single vehicle car accident that Arizona’s Sheriff Deaver was in a few days ago…

          Keep your eye on who the Cochise County Board of Supervisors appoints to fill the remainder of Deaver’s term.


      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Brings to mind Judge Roberts and the recent 0bamacare ruling.

        Rumor is he was “reminded” about some anomalies in the adoption of his kids…


  • The hand contains ‘only one original member’.

    Isn’t that how every group ends up regardless of their origins?

    As soon as the original members have passed on our passed the torch, the vultures swoop in and re brand the organization in their own politically correct image.

    While I hope the day is long off, I have to wonder what will become of American Renaissance after Mr. Taylor has moved on. Who knows, it may even end up in the hands of the SPLC or the ADL.

    • jedsrael

      Read Carlton Putman’s account of the Stell vs. Board in Savannah.

      The Fed. Judge Tuttle send word down that he didn’t care what race biology evidence was entered into evidence, he’d still rule against segregation.

      • I had never read that opinion before.  Everyone who reads American Renaissance should read this truly amazing decision: intelligence and achievement, whether of students or teachers, are absolutely irrelevant to the schooling of children:
        Mandatory public school education has become one of the curses on American Society—it is the great homogenizing and indoctrinating force.  Public Schools should be abolished and education should be optional.  Is that theory really inconsistent with Free Will and Individual self-determination?

        • jedsrael

          There has been no free will and individual self determination since Lincoln’s war crushed the South out of hatred and envy.

  • Defiant White

    Screw them.  LS died a long time ago.  Time to finally kick the dirt into the hole and move on.  Let them go, already.  Geez.

    Groveling must be a new thing in the entertainement industry.  My wife and I have always enjoyed watching a show called “Ghost Hunters” on Syfy.    The other night, however, the team went to New Orleans to investigate a homosexual bar that had been torched  in 1973, killing 32 homos.  The entire episode was a tribute to the “victims” and the most disgusting part was when one of the team’s members announces that he “thinks he should go in by himself because he can communicate better.”

    Oh, oh.  You just knew what was coming next . . .

    The leader quickly agrees and in goes the most effeminate member of the team.  He wanders around calling on dead homosexuals to appear before proudly announcing that he can understand them because he too is a cigar smoker.  (As if anyone had doubts.)

    The whole thing was disgustingly banal and sad and we stopped watching it.  Scratch that show off our weekly list.

    So i think that worshipping at the feet of progressives and multiculturalism is today’s “in” fad for once-conservative entertainers . . . especially if they need to spice up the ratings.

    The good thing is that it doesn’t last. Once the wow-factor wears off the ratings will drop again and the entertainers will continue swirling around the toilet bowl.

    Good riddance.

    • IstvanIN

      Sad is anyone who would watch a show like Ghost Hunters.  Of course someone who thinks dying in a set fire isn’t a victim because they are a homo isn’t much of a human being.  And what does any of that have to do with the Confederate Battle flag? 

    • I’ve noticed that interest in ghosts, aliens, government conspiracies, etc.  is associated with recreational marijuana usage.  Though I know nothing of your situation, but just an observation.  Nevertheless reading your entire account of the episode, and its off the chart absurdity gave me quite a chuckle. Homosexuals channeling homosexual ghosts! LOL! Only a matter of time I guess.

  • KevinPhillipsBong

    “The most famous song by the band, Sweet Home Alabama, praises former Governor and presidential candidate George Wallace. ”

    I never thought that the song praised him. 
    The line goes:
    In Birmingham they love the governor (boo boo boo).

    Why would they boo Birmingham’s affection for George Wallace?

    • haroldcrews

      I make no claim to being a Lynyrd Skynyrd fan much less an expert but when I’ve heard the song I have always heard ‘Ooh, Ooh, Ooh’ and not booing.  Additionally booing would not make sense with the next line of ‘We all did what we could do’.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble


        Ronnie Van Zant himself said the backup singers were saying “Boo, Boo, Boo”

        George Wallace loved the song and made the band honorary Lieutenant Colonels in the state militia. However, as Ronnie Van Zant himself, explained:

        “The lyrics about the governor of Alabama were misunderstood.  The general public didn’t notice the words ‘Boo! Boo! Boo!’ after that particular line, and the media picked up only on the reference to the people loving the governor.”


    • jedsrael

      It’s boom, boom, boom for the gunshots that ruined our chances of White Revival.

      • Unperson

         Jedsrael, as hilariously on-target as your post is, I do believe they’re saying “Boo! Boo! Boo!”. Lynyrd Skynyrd, despite the (now ceased) tradition of flying Confederate flags, have always been a band of the NEW South. You know: the South that doesn’t like itself anymore. The one that, when it watches Easy Rider, sides with Fonda and Hopper and not with the two guys in the pickup.

        Here, for what it’s worth, is my interpretation of “Sweet Home Alabama”, in [CAPS]:

        In Birmingham they love the governor (boo boo boo). [BOOING = THE BAND’S NEGATIVE ATTITUDE TO GOV. WALLACE & SEGREGATION]
        Now we all did what we could do [TO PREVENT WALLACE’S ELECTION]
        Watergate does not bother me

        Also, I mentioned Neil Young, the upper-middle-class Canadian who gets (somewhat sarcastically) namechecked in the Skynyrd song. A southern rock group like LS could quite understandably be annoyed with the self-righteous Mr. Young for not one but TWO smug “anti-racist” screeds that still get played on classic-rock radio to this day: the Mandingoesque paranoia of “Southern Man” (“Southern change gonna come at last/Now your crosses are burning fast”; “Lily Belle, your hair is golden brown/I’ve seen your black man comin’ round/Swear by God I’m gonna cut him down!”); and — even more specifically relevant for LS — “Alabama” (“Alabama, you got the weight on your shoulders/That’s breaking your back. Your Cadillac has got a wheel in the ditch/And a wheel on the track”; “See the old folks tied in white ropes”).

        Both these highly politicized compositions are (literally) ignorant attacks on the South by a left-wing hippie from a place that had, at that time, ZERO blacks. Like the rich liberals of New England who promoted the Civil Rights revolution from a comfortable distance, Neil Young had the supreme luxury of  spouting off about Race without ever having experienced it. At most, this son-of-a-famous-sportswriter-turned-overnight-pop-sensation had seen those “little shacks” through the tinted windows of a luxury tour coach supplied by WEA Records, and concluded — as a naive left-wing hippie circa 1969 naturally would — that if the blacks of Dixie lived in houses that weren’t as nice as the caucasians’ houses, well, gee, maaan, that could, like, ONLY be the result of The Vast White Supremacy Conspiracy! There’s, like, just no other explanation, maaan!

        “Wallace. You know in your heart he’s right”  was the late, great Governor’s slogan. It was true then and it’s true now. The best president we never had. George took those bullets for every one of us.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble


          Ronnie Van Zant and Neil Young were friends and fans of each other — Van Zant often wore a Neil Young T-shirt while performing on stage and is wearing a Neil Young T-shirt on the cover of Street Survivors, the last Skynyrd album before Van Zant’s untimely death. (rumor is Van Zant was buried wearing a Neil Young T-Shirt).

          Young recorded a solo acoustic version of ‘Powderfinger’ in September 1975 (never officially released), and later sent the tape to his friend Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd who were to use the song on their next album.  However, Van Zant died in a plane crash in October 1977, and Lynyrd Skynyrd never recorded the song. The song was officially released as an electric version with the band Crazy Horse on Young’s 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps.

           After Van Zant died, Neil Young performed “Sweet Home Alabama” at a memorial to the three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd who died in the 1977 plane crash.

          AFAIC, the real Lynyrd Skynyrd died in that plane crash 35 years ago.


        • AmericanTaxPayerNoMore

          Your post makes me even more Grateful I grew up in The Old South.  We had only little theater on our little downtown street BUT, they never did show that disgusting thing called a “movie”.

          The first time I saw that “movie” was when I moved North (gotta go where the work is) and I found it to be full of lies, bias, hate, hate for God and love for Sin.  No wonder they never showed it.

        • C_C_Conrad

          In Birmingham they love the governor, boo boo boo
          Now we all did what we could do
          Now Watergate does not bother me
          Does your conscience bother you? Tell the truth


  • ncpride

    He says he doesn’t want to offend anyone by using the Confederate flag. He said the band will no longer display the flag.

    Gimme a break. Who does he think they are offending? All the blacks who buy their concert tickets and CD’s? What a joke. Talk about shooting themselves in the foot.

  • RHG

    Well, I am sure this will make all the black fans of Skynyrd very happy.

  • When I was an undergraduate in New Orleans at Tulane University, College of Arts & Sciences, in the 1970s, there was no rock group more popular than Lynyrd Skynyrd and it seemed like “Sweet Home Alabama” was always playing down in the student beerhall known as the Rathskeller in the University Center basement.   I was a fan of George Wallace but I never cared for rock music of any kind so much.  But I think this is an amazing farce and, really, a tragedy.  What has become of America?  Cry, the beloved country…..

    • potato78

       People changed and changing people.

      never know when they changed.

  •  Speaking of segregation:

    “Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. The blood
    of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, ’tis time to part.” — Thomas Paine

    • Segregation makes sense from every possible standpoint.  I am sure that if we advocate separate but equal jurisdictional divisions, we can restore genuine segregation in the United States by voluntary adoption.  Blacks should have Black districts with their own judges and police departments.  Hispanics should have Hispanic districts with their own judges & police departments.  Chinatown, Koreatown, and even “Irangeles” could all be separate communities.  Jewish Courts (Beit Din/Beth Din = “House of Justice”) already exist throughout the United States although submission to their jurisdiction and adherence to their decisions is entirely voluntary.  

      The constitutional basis for such jurisdictional segregation would include (1) the analogy to Indian Tribes and Tribal Reservations, (2) the common law principle that every defendant should be subject to a trial-by-jury “of his (or her) peers”, (3) the First Amendment right to freedom of assembly, (4) the Ninth Amendment reservation of rights and powers to the people.  Statutory Rights would include 42 USC Sections 1981 and 1982, which suggested that “all citizens” should have the same rights as “white citizens” and that should include all of the above enumerated constitutional rights.  I believe that pro-White Politics needs to work on developing platforms and programs to sell segregation to non-White groups—it will work out best for everybody.  No black defendant would ever again be tried by a white jury in his own district.  That would discourage crime across district lines…. But by the same token no white would ever be sued and judged for torts or breaches of contract by blacks or hispanics in his own district—and that would discourage interdistrict business.  People would soon realize that freedom = segregation and that crossing segregated jurisdictional lines leads to trouble.  With regard to strictly local “intra-district” issues, Blacks and Hispanics would not be able to tax Whites and Whites would not be able to tax Blacks or Hispanics.  

      A healthy spirit of competition would perhaps make every district compete with every other for productivity and excellence.  Perhaps then the cultural mystique of interracial marriage, too, would begin to wear thin and the curses of the late 20th century media and “popular culture” of miscegenation would begin to dissipate also—and to everyone’s advantage—and to the long-term benefit of true diversity through local patterns of biological, cultural, and social evolutionary process.  Everyone knows that “all politics is essentially local”—but all evolutionary process is even more essentially local.

    • jedsrael

      The best Christian segregation website ever-

      • Thank you for the Cambria link….it does look very good.


    Next time Lynyrd Skynyrd has a concert everyone show up with Confederate Flags . Make a statement !

  • AmericanTaxPayerNoMore

    Don’t buy their records or other products and don’t go to their concerts.  White People have to start cutting off those who choose to side with anyone and everyone but their own.  Let the non-whites support them.

  • Sloppo

    I went to a Zac Brown Band concert and one of the acts that came on before him was a couple of white rappers who chanted vile profanity and pranced around with their pants half-way to the ground.  I was so disgusted with myself for wasting my evening and my money on such.  I liked several of them before, but I can’t listen to any of Zac’s songs without thinking of that horrible evening.  It was bad enough that I now have no interest in ever going to another concert, but if Saga ever comes here from Sweden I think I’ll reconsider.

  • Sloppo

    Would you actually support them after that?  Lynyrd Skynyrd is dead and those pretenders are irrelevant.  

  • IKantunderstand

    It seems like every “hero” we have, ends up capitulating. We have no leaders! Where is a Washington? A Jefferson? A Madison? A Crockett?  Has our race been so diluted, that, biologically, there are literally no males able to emerge as a leader? Oh, might I point out, this country will be major hispanic by 2050.  That surely will increase our chances of producing a leader. Depending on a rock and roll group to express our angst is bull crap. Could we please start depending on ourselves? I’m saying once again, very simply, WITHDRAW from the current american society. It costs nothing. But it could be devastating to our enemies.

    • StillModerated

       Madison was not so much of a much. I prefer John Taylor of Caroline. He’s buried in a clump of trees in the middle of a cornfield at Hazelwood. There is no headstone. Read his books.

  •  Keith Moon used it to soak up booze and other liquids.

  • Epiminondas

    It’s no longer the same band.  There are quislings even in the South, and it appears one has wormed himself into a “spokesperson” position in the band.  He can be safely ignored…as the LS fan base is now doing.

  • JackKrak

    One more – perhaps the last – step towards making sure that all Southern music is put out by pretty boys in a cowboy hat “singing” boilerplate cr*p.

  • I thought I had already written a lengthy comment here but it seems to have been edited out.  I’ll keep this one shorter but it’s important to remember that, at least on economic and social issues, Governor George Corley Wallace was a pretty typical “Southern New Deal Democrat” in the tradition of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s tradition of Southern Democrats from the impoverished post-War, post-reconstruction South lining up with Northern Labor Union Democrats to support redistribution and federally sponsored “Public Works.”  Even Wallace’s American Independent Party platform in 1968 spoke favorably of a massive federal role in the War against Poverty and the maintenance of basically EVERY New Deal Program.  Wallace might have been slightly conservative on economic issues compared to Hubert Horatio Humphrey or George McGovern, but it was on social issues, especially race, where the Alabama Governor most radically departed from his fellow democrats.  I recently had an argument about whether Senators Sam Ervin of North Carolina and Robert Byrd, Jr., of West Virginia.  I have admired Sam Ervin my whole life, especially because when I was a teenager he was the most distinguished member of the Senate Select Committee in Watergate, and I wanted to be like Ervin as a lawyer.  I have also liked and admired Byrd because of his staunch and historic opposition (with Ervin) to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and because he was the founder of Constitution Day on Monday of this week, and sponsor of Constitution Week all over America, was a real conservative or not.  Like Wallace, Ervin and Byrd were racial and social conservatives (though unlike the initially racially tolerant “Judge” Wallace, Byrd, Jr., started off a former Klan leader).  But aside from their opposition to the Civil Rights right up until the time when generalized Southern opposition collapsed in the early 1970s, Byrd and Ervin too were Southern New Deal Democrats.   The Late Senator Barry Goldwater was probably the last major candidate to be both a social and economic conservative.  And for a major party candidate, his loss was even more striking in 1964 than Wallace’s, though they carried most of the same states (Arizona went for Goldwater and Arkansas went for Wallace, those were the only differences I recall).

  • “Today, Wallace is vilified by the left for defending racial segregation.”

    “Tuscaloosa, Alabama (CNN) – I had always heard the
    stories of Alabama Gov. George Wallace asking for forgiveness from the
    African-American community for his racist ways.”

  •  Lynyrd Skynyrd goes the way of the Dixie Chicks.

  • Sloppo

    The problem is that you would be paying them by buying the ticket to get in.  They are not worth your time or your money.  If you want to have an AmRen meeting, use your money for that instead of giving it to some wishy-washy PC-obsessed has-been.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Does Lynyrd Skynyed think they are going to get people of color to listen to their music now?

    The confederate flag drew in more listeners than their music.

    They must be republicans, because they just shot themselves in the foot.


  • From The Wall Street Journal:

    “Many music lovers have applauded Lynyrd Skynyrd’s move to disassociate itself from the confederate flag, but some of the southern rock band’s fans have been upset by the shift.”

    Notice the subtle contrast of a “music lover” who applauds to the “Southern rock band’s fans” who are upset?

    “Many other fans are backing the band. A supporter of the group recently tweeted “Last Of A Dyin’ Breed stoutly keeps the flag flying of everything Lynyrd @Skynyrd represent, past, present.” (The group’s most recent album is titled “Last of a Dyin’ Breed.”) Another said “If you’re upset that Lynyrd Skynyrd denounced the Confederate flag, then you’re 1) an idiot; 2) educational level below 7th grade; 3) bigot .”

    Makes you wonder where all these “fans” of Lynyrd Skynyrd are that believe a Confederate flag means you are an idiot or bigot. Does any actual fan who has been to concerts and followed them through the years remember too many other fans talk negatively about Skynyrd displaying the flag, or of the fans who loved the band more because of the flag? Please speak up now.

    Anyone care to wager on whether the author, Lyneka Little, is black or White? Is [it] a Skynyrd fan, ever been one, or even know much about them? Is [it] even a Southerner?

  • C_C_Conrad

     AND create a new flag representing racial loyalty not some old irrelevant idea. 

  • AmericanTaxPayerNoMore

    There’s another Robert E. Lee High School in Florida?  I went to Robert E. Lee High School too except mine is in Virginia.

  • jedsrael

    We need a new, unassailable mantra that Whites can BEGIN with, such as:
    History has proven that racism has its place, and I’m in it.

    Under the circumstance, racism really is the best option.
    What I see before me gives racism a good name.
    Are racists behind the Civil Rights movement’s failure to control black crime?

    Racism is a prayer of virtue for the survival of Whiteness.

  • StillModerated

     Gary Rossington, the only original member, grovelled to CNN’s Fredricka
    Whitfield. He says he doesn’t want to offend anyone by using the
    Confederate flag.

    He should have told the info-bint “quite frankly, my dear, I’m glad they’re offended.” Oh well, I can still enjoy Johnny Rebel.

  • Puggg

    The labels that do country music are the same labels that do pop music, which would mean the trail leads back to either Vivendi Universal, Time-Warner, Sony or EMI.  All well known media conglomerates.

  • Dunnyveg

    Actually, Lynyrd Skynyrd has always been Politically Correct–at least somewhat.  Several of their old songs extol gun control, and several others glorify underclass black culture.  

  • blindsticks

    So what do we make of this  -black rockabilly. 

    The South’s Gonna Rise Again. 

  • I am not a great fan of Justice John Roberts—I like the implications of calling him “Earl”—there are certainly a few comparisons to be made between Roberts and Warren… Roberts has done more to close the doors to the Federal Courts than all the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court had ever done before.  It may sound like something “only a lawyer” would care about but Warren and Roberts careers align on the progressive empowerment of the subjective, almost unreviewable, control given to Judges over which complaints will be allowed or not.  Under Earl Warren, the Supreme Court gave the Judges the power to decide whether “it appears beyond doubt that the plaintiff can prove no set of facts in support of his claim which would entitle him to relief.”  From the standpoint of the Seventh Amendment, of course, this holding itself was an OUTRAGE.  Under the Common Law and the Constitution, ONLY juries should have any right to decide what facts are “proven” or not and whether a party is entitled to relief.  Still, in characteristic fashion, the Warren Court was applauded for setting such a high standard for dismissal of claims.  But the precedent was set: JUDGES not Juries, make the decision about whether a complaint alleges “sufficient” facts to warrant the trial which the Seventh Amendment guarantees.  That was Conley v. Gibson in 1957.  Exactly Fifty years later, John Roberts, in the first major decision concerning the rules of civil procedure under his “Chiefship” found that an anti-trust complaint drafted by one of the top Plaintiffs’ Anti-Trust firms in New York City alleged insufficient facts to be “plausible.”  That was “Twombly v. Bell Atlantic, 2007.   Judges now are empowered to decide whether the facts are (1) sufficiently alleged, (2) whether they make a “plausible” story.  This means that when you allege conspiracy, for example, the Judge basically can deny you the right to investigate the facts so that you will NEVER be able to put your complaint to trial before a jury.   So, if a group of white people, for example, were to allege that the police, courts, or social services of a given state systematically discriminated against them, you can be sure that the U.S. District Court would find “insufficient” factual allegations “incomprehensibly” woven together as an “outlandish and implausible conspiracy theory.”  This is the Mantra of the the U.S. District Courts today: no claim or complaint that defies the ruling government’s purposes, or the ruling BANKS’ purposes, will ever be allowed to go forward in court.  
    HEAR YE, HEAR YE, All Patriotic Americans: The Federal Courts are corrupt, bought and paid for by the Banks.  The only way to take them back is to restore power to the juries selected from a population pool of literate, voting, responsible Americans—and abolition of the power of judges to refuse to “hear” cases without allowing fact-finding (aka “discovery”) and trial must be declared unconstitutional.
    The Ninth Circuit in essence accused C.J. Roberts of corruption in two decisions last year entitled “Starr v. Baca”, saying that the decisions of the Supreme Court could only be understood as catering to certain specific governmentally favored interest groups or interests, including the interest in suppressing constitutional rights….

  • jedsrael

    Somebody needs to start a Cambria Will Not Yield Comments blog.

  • Apparently, according to, they’ve already changed their minds:

    SUNDAY, SEP 23, 2012 09:58 AM PDTLynyrd Skynyrd won’t abandon the Confederate flagThe band insists it’s about “Heritage not Hate” BY PRACHI GUPTA


    Recently, Lynyrd Skynyrd told CNN that it has stopped associating itself with the Confederate flag because “it became such an issue about race.” The flag had been hijacked by the KKK and other hate groups you see. However, after receiving lotsof media attention and fan backlash, Skynyrd is sticking with the flag after all.

    Guitarist Gary Rossington released the following statement on the band’s Facebook page:
    I wanted to clarify the discussion of the Confederate Flag in our recent CNN interview. Myself, the past and present members (that are from the South), are all extremely proud of our heritage and being from the South. We know what the Dixie flag represents and its heritage; the Civil War was fought over States rights.

    We still utilize the Confederate (Rebel) flag on stage every night in our shows, we are and always will be a Southern American Rock band, first and foremost. We also utilize the state flag of Alabama and the American flag, ‘cause at the end of the day, we are all Americans.

    I only stated my opinion that the Confederate flag, at times, was unfairly being used as a symbol by various hate groups, which is something that we don’t support the flag being used for. The Confederate flag means something more to us, Heritage not Hate…In other words, the next time you see a Confederate flag at a Lynyrd Skynyrd show and you are a little offended, don’t see it as reference to slavery–see it as a reference to all the good stuff that the antebellum South was known for.

    Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at [email protected] PRACHI GUPTA.

  • Magnum Force

    Merle Haggard he ain’t. Give me the old Country music, and you can keep the trash sell-outs. I won’t be spending any money on them.