Eliminating a “Dukes of Hazard” Toy Does Nothing to Fix Racism or Murder

Replicas of the General Lee from the TV show, “Dukes of Hazard, will no longer be sold. The Republic is now safe.

Just so we’re clear, I think “The Dukes of Hazard” was bad TV. It was arguably a way of reducing one’s IQ. But it’s a free country and, I am pretty sure it was as anti-racist as any show could be. The spin-off actually featured a black/white partnership, if I recall rightly. The only stereotypes I remember were a lot of exploitative sexism (Daisy) and the idea that the South is full of hicks—which is, of course, completely acceptable.

So what is the deal, Warner Bothers? Entertainment Weekly reports, “Warner Bros. nixing Dukes of Hazzard General Lee toys over Confederate flag.”

The national debate over the continued use of the Confederate flag in the wake of the deadly church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, has reached The Dukes of Hazzard and the show’s famed car.

Warner Bros.’ consumer division says it will stop licensing toy cars and models featuring the General Lee with the controversial flag on its roof.

“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 spokesperson said in a statement to EW. “We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories.” 

This is just stupid. It has nothing to do with the murder of those nine Christian martyrs in Charleston. Amazon.com is refusing to sell the confederate flag while it continues to sell Nazi memorabilia and the ISIS flag. Does that make any kind of sense?

Do we really want Amazon to only sell things that are acceptable to some majority of the population? Do any of us think that makes us live in a better country? (Yes, they have the right to make that decision, but I’m asking whether you think it would be a good thing.)

I’m entirely in favor of people who are offended by the confederate flag not wanting their state governments to be involved in presenting it. The issue of appropriate license plates should be decided by the public and I’m in favor of not having them. But if you sell the Che Guevera T-shirt and can’t sell the confederate flag, you’re not principled; you’re just riding the mob hysteria.

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And deciding on what you think the flag “means” no matter how correct you are that it objectively represents racism or slavery, does not mean you can attribute that motive to every redneck or every proponent of political decentralization who might carry the insignia. If you do, you are using exactly the same kind of sloppy thinking that leads to racial stereotypes and profiling.

But you’re not doing a thing to combat racism by trying to smear anyone who disagrees with you about what the Confederate flag represents. Racists have plenty of symbols they can appropriate–like the American flag.

For that matter Leftists can also use and decide upon the meanings of symbols:

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Again, refusing to sell Dukes of Hazard memorabilia is just stupid. It has nothing to do with violence or racism or anything else.