There's More Than Two Options - Dana Chirps

The modern day Civil War has made its grand debut on my newsfeed. The North and South are viciously fighting what I call "The Battle of the Confederate Flag". Instead of shooting muskets, they are firing away with their words on social media. But like most controversies of recent years, I keep hearing people voice a one sided problem. I think it's time for Americans to consider two sided solutions.

We can fly people to the moon, surgically change men into women, create cars that drive themselves but somehow we can't think beyond two options if it involves any bit of controversy. C'mon, we're better than that. If we the people of the United States can survive purple ketchup, then we can surely work together on this. 

Here's my take on the matter:

  • The South: The Confederate flag symbolizes history or southern pride/heritage.
  • The North: The Confederate flag symbolizes racism. 

Solution: Let's create a new flag to symbolize the south. I can already feel the grumbling and arguments formulating around this idea as I type it, but hear me out. The North and South have an opportunity to actually come together, again. 

I understand that the Confederate flag is technically the flag that represented Northern Virginia. I also understand the historical events of the Civil War. I get it. But the middle finger was just a finger until it had a whole new meaning. This flag might have been one thing originally, but it evolved into having a new connotation - thanks to groups like the KKK.

This country has so many brilliantly creative people within it. Imagine if we pulled some of the top creative people from the best ad agencies together to create a new flag for the south. We could treat it like a rebrand. I realize it might sound a little crazy, but is it really that outlandish? The answer is no. It wouldn't even be the first time the flag has changed.

To me, being southern is genuinely caring about your neighbor - even if you don't know them (although usually you do), and treating all strangers like friends. Would you not be more proud to wave a flag from your porch, your cities, or even your jacked up truck that symbolized what brings the south together instead of what tears it apart? That's a flag I'd fly.  

I'm completely aware that this doesn't get rid of racism, not even close. But I think showcasing a flag that better exemplifies what the south actually stands for (and doesn't stand for) is a solid step in the right direction. 

 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.