One More Example of The Duality of Symbolism in the South
More for Symbols of the South Sunday (or the day after), although in this case more abstract ones. A friend of mine on FB noted another example of the ongoing duality of southern identity: the fact that in Alabama (and other southern states) the official state holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. is also set aside to commemorate Robert E. Lee’s birthday.
Also on Alabama’s list of state holidays: Confederate Memorial Day and Jefferson Davis’ Birthday.
What in the world would be the purpose of celebrating the birthday’s of Lee and Davis? What message is being sent by that?