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Every Confederate flag in the North is a confession. Each one gives away the entire charade. How can it possibly be about heritage or the other tired euphemisms its Southern defenders trot out?...Every Confederate flag flown outside the slave states is as close as we will get to an admission that the flag represents whiteness, not Southernness.

  • I listened to the newest episode of the amazing podcast The Memory Palace. Walter Knott speaking at the dedication of "Independence Hall", 1966. This week's episode was focused on the origins of Knott's Berry Farm, an amusement park in Orange County that was founded by a farmer named Walter Knott. I knew of Knott's Berry Farm from a throwaway line in the musical Smile, of which I was a cast member in High School. I had no idea that Knott was an arch-conservative, and focused both the park and his political activism around conservative causes. He built a replica of Philadelphia's Independence Hall, supposedly to push people away from socialism, anti-war agitation, and civil rights. 

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