The Last Imagery of Dixie: Explaining Support the Confederate Flag in the Age of Obama
Posted: 15 Oct 2015 Last revised: 27 Oct 2015
Date Written: October 13, 2015
The church shooting at the historic Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston South Carolina has sparked a reemergence of the debate over the appropriateness of the Confederate flag. This paper seeks to examine what explains support for Confederate flag in the age of Obama. Previous research has linked support for the Confederate flag to symbolic racism, regional loyalty, and conservatism. At the backdrop of the flag debate is whether or not support for the Confederate flag is a function of racism or southern heritage. Scholars examining support for the Confederate flag have primarily relied on white respondents thereby treating blacks as if they are a monolithic group (Orey 2004; Orey 2011 and Cooper and Knotts 2006). By failing to examine black attitudes towards the Confederate flag scholars have created a significant void within the academic literature. This paper will seek to fill this void by examining the attitudes of blacks and whites. To examining these attitudes, I utilize a representative sample of whites and blacks from two universities in the South and one Midwestern university.
Keywords: Confederate Flag, White Attitudes, Black Attitudes, Racial Identity
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