Tuesday 23 January 2018

It's a flag of novelty for us, not of hate

Cork GAA fans have been lambasted online for flying the so-called Confederate flag.
Cork GAA fans have been lambasted online for flying the so-called Confederate flag.
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - Back in the 1990s, I remember seeing the Stars and Bars flying in batches from the Blackrock End of Pairc Ui Chaoimh to Hill 16 in Croke Park. No one uttered their disgust. Throughout the 2000s the flags were still seen, along with many others such as Che Guevara, the Rising Sun Flag of Japan and the Stars and Stripes. Only in the past few years, and in the age of social media, are people offended by flags flown on match days by fans from the rebel county.

Cork GAA fans have been lambasted online for flying the so-called Confederate flag. But let me tell you this - we are not white supremacists; we are not neo-Nazis; we are not racists; and, by Christ, we are not advocates of a Trumpian ideology. We use the flag as a point of novelty and let me explain that to those of you not acquainted with Cork humour.

We are known as the rebels, so therefore we seek out symbols and flags associated with those of a rebellious streak, especially if they have a bit of red in it. Che Guevara is the quintessential rebel and his face adorns many a flag and T-shirt seen at Cork matches.

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