Southern Nationalism, since 2013
Having decided, I suppose, that the Confederate flag was insufficiently sinister-looking for their purposes, Southern (read “White Southern”) Nationalists in the United States have adopted this stark black and white flag. According to an explanation on southernnationalist.com (a website I would advise against visiting if you don’t want to end up on a watch list), the white stands for European heritage, hierarchy and tradition, while the black stands for nationalism. The cross is obviously a reference to the Confederate flag, but it’s also said to be reminiscent of the Cross of Burgundy (which is often used as an “official” explanation for Confederate-style imagery on a flag when a direct reference to the Confederacy would be inappropriate.) It’s also supposed to represent the number 10, which has no meaning in and of itself, but is written as “dix” in French. Dix, Dixie. Get it?
There is an interview with the semi-anonymous creator of the flag on YouTube, which is both fascinating and a little creepy. He’s standing next to his own home-made version, which appears to be a white sheet with black paint on it. He talks about how he was first inspired by the flag of Alabama (itself ultimately based on the Confederate flag), which he found striking in its simplicity. He says the design is very European and you’re not going to find it anywhere else. (“Other than Jamaica,” the interviewer quips.) The two go on to talk about how white has traditionally symbolizes “purity”, “opposition to forced equality”, anti-communism, and royalism.
Perhaps most interesting is his comment that the flag is a “total rejection of the red, white and blue,” which he incorrectly says was borrowed from the French revolution. That colour scheme, he says, symbolizes a nation founded on a philosophy of democracy, equality, and liberty. And doesn’t that just say it all?
(designer: ”Jon from Augusta”)