Monday, June 22, 2015
Just can't delete the truth can you? America says "NO" to The Confederate Flag
In February 2015, Pin up model and retail clothing manufacturer, Bernie Dexter vehemently defended herself and her husband Neo Rockabilly singer Levi Dexter's decades long usage of the Confederate Flag. She claimed that the flag represents "Rebel music from the old South" and that it has nothing to do with racism and that she wasn't a racist. No one who writes for this blog ever accused anyone of "being racist" anywhere. What we have been so disgusted by is Bernie and Levi's ignorance and stupidity regarding the flag. For years we have been angry that a fun and friendly community has been polluted by tacky and hurtful Confederate imagery. The Pin up community has only recently started having more of a dramatically diverse atmosphere with a few beautiful Black Pin ups finally making the scene with hopefully more to follow. Levi and Bernie Dexter -two of the Rockabilly world's most visible public figures- have not only been the most visible wearing and raising the same flag the KKK used at lynchings but they have DEFENDED the Confederate flag claiming it has "no racist" connotations and "just stands for music" !!! This is an inexcusable cop out. Bernie suddenly hired the first Black model she's ever featured (Jenny Rieu) right after they were called out on social media. Now the majority of America has come out against the flag en masse. Wal Mart and other retailers will no longer carry any Confederate merchandise and many conservatives have called for the flag to be removed from previously segregated state governments in the South in the wake of the massacre of nine church members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopalian Church in Charleston South Carolin by 21 year old White supremacist Dylann Roof. Bernie and Levi have now magically scrubbed (or tried to ) all photos of themselves wearing and posing with the Confederate Flag. That is the most reprehensible kind of damage control and the most futile.