When I first heard the story of Walmart refusing to make a cake decorated with the Confederate battle flag but then agreeing to create an ISIS battle flag in icing I immediately thought of James O'Keefe and Andrew Breitbart because the timing and pitch-perfect flackiness of the affair were just too clean. Given votes in the South Carolina legislature over the the last few days, Netzhammer and his cohorts are becoming increasingly marginalized and the lie of heritage-not-hate crowd is exposed. They are not happy.
The discussion in the United States over the Confederate Flag has reached a fever pitch. Shortly after Dylann Roof shot nine dead in a Charleston church the news was all over the details on how he had used the Confederate flag in his personal life. So, leftists and politically correct moderates, decided the only thing to do was to create a big fuss out of nothing and get the flag banned wherever it might be. It was absolutely insane to see how the opposition to the flag reached a fever pitch as well as insane to see how retailers across the country complied with idiotic bans of the flag. Apple computers even went so far as to pull all games containing the flag (even civil war games) off of their online app store. And Walmart, who caters to conservatives all across of the nation, gave into the whining of liberals as they pulled the flag from stores and off their online shops. And if you wanted to go to Walmart and make a cake with the Confederate flag on it, well good luck! Walmart refused to honor such requests based on a pretend policy to not make something that might offend someone else. However, their hypocrisy was soon exposed. Vice News reports how one man showed them to be hypocrites of the highest degree. They report:Years ago I remember a fictional discussion in a television show produced in The United Kingdom between a young man finding fellowship with fascists and his grandfather. After finding Nazi paraphernalia in his grandson's bedroom, the grandfather sat the boy down and explained how British men and women had died on battlefields around the world and in the villages and cities of England fighting what the swastika represented and that by owning and displaying his collection he was dishonoring those men and women, including his own great uncle. That is a problem in Europe that continues as evidenced by the headline Nazi and Confederate flags seen near loyalist bonfire in Northern Ireland and images like these. I find Walmart's apology---An associate in a local store did not know what the design meant and made a mistake. The cake should not have been made and we apologize---credible and I feel for the person made the brunt of Netzhammer's protest. The great Southern writer William Falkner once put these words in the mouth of Temple Drake, the protagonist in Requiem For A Nun: The past is never dead. It's not even past. Our history books deliver conflicting messages to our students about our Civil War/War of Northern Aggression and the former confederate states remain occupied (take a look at where our infantry divisions are based), a century and a half after General Robert E. Lee formally surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House. In the '90s I conducted interviews for a story on the Bosnian War. What I most strongly remember is the vehemence with which the people I interviewed spoke about the atrocities committed by the other side more than a thousand years ago. We can't expect to be over our bloodiest war in a mere 150 years. Falkner didn't know the half of it. [In related Walmart news: Wal-Mart says Rebel mascot Alabama teen wanted for class ring was never available.] Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.Chuck Netzhammer went to a Walmart in Slidell, Louisiana last week to get a personalized cake with a Confederate flag on it and the slogan “Heritage Not Hate.” The retailer, however, had just announced it would stop selling Confederate flag merchandise in response to the Charleston church shooting, so the store refused to bake the cake for Netzhammer. In response to the denial, Netzhammer then placed an order for another sheet cake---this time with the black and white flag brandished by the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS. “I went back yesterday and managed to get an ISIS battle flag printed. ISIS happens to be somebody who we’re fighting against right now, who are killing our men and boys overseas and are beheading Christians,” he told ABC News.That’s right, the nation’s largest retailer put the ISIS battle flag right on a cake. The same flag that flies over the bloated corpses of the 250,000 some they’ve killed in the past two years. [What about the bloated corpses of the 620,000 who died in our internal war? JH] Walmart was quick to back pedal and say the associate who made the cake was unaware they were making a cake representing ISIS and proceeded to apologize for the incident. It’s unclear what’s more problematic, that the confederate flag is being banned from retailers, or that people would be so quick to create ISIS honoring paraphernalia.