The Confederate flag that decorates the top of the famous General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger from ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ is staying right where it is.
You could say the General Lee was as much a star of CBS’s The Dukes of Hazzard as any of its human companions. Each week, viewers tuned in to the unlikely hit to see how the Duke boys would escape law.
More importantly, the tuned in to see how many car chases and crashes producers could pack into 60 minutes.
Over the years, the show went through more than 300 1969 Dodge Chargers. But each featured “General Lee” painted over each door and the Confederate flag painted on the car’s roof.
One of the cars used in the first season now sits in an Illinois museum.
Given the attention all things Confederate received the past few months, you might expect the car to be hidden away.
You’d be wrong with that assumption.
The Volo Museum says the car is there and it’s staying there.
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know I don’t share a grand love of the Confederate flag that some of my fellow Southerners do.
My first published work, in fact, came in seventh grade. I wrote a “Letter to the Editor” for my English class. I wrote about why the Confederate flag atop the South Carolina Statehouse dome didn’t belong there. My English teacher sent a handful to the paper and they actually published it.
It would take a couple of decades — and a deadly church shooting in Charleston — for the flag to finally come down.
But in this case, I think it’s appropriate that the flag stay where it is.
In this case, people actually have to go see it. It’s not right in their faces in public space where it shouldn’t be.
People who don’t want to see it and who might be offended by it if they did can’t if it’s not where they are.
That seems fair to me.