Its days might be numbered in the Palmetto State and other Southern states. But the Confederate battle flag has suddenly become the must-have item in the life of former Rep. Ben Jones.
The one-time Georgia Democrat and “Dukes of Hazzard” star who played "Cooter" is firing back against the rush to scrub the iconic battle flag from the national consciousness following the racially motivated shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
“I think all of Hazzard nation understands that the confederate battle flag is the symbol that represents the indomitable spirit of independence which keeps us ‘makin’ our way the only way we know how,’” Jones espoused on social media, cribbing a line for his rant from the "Dukes" theme song penned by the late Waylon Jennings.
Rather than succumb to the wave of “political correctness” that Jones faults for spurring larger retailers to purge their shelves of potentially offensive material, the Cooter's Place owner has taken it upon himself to become the one-stop shop for all battle flag-related needs.
“Though the flag has been removed from such places as Walmart, Target and Amazon, it will never be removed from any of our Cooter’s stores and museums,” he vowed. “We are not going to be shamed into turning our backs on our heritage and our convictions.”
True to his word, Jones not only continues to carry Confederate branded-merchandise at his three Cooter’s Place outposts in Virginia and Tennessee, he’s apparently stocked up on dozens of in-your-face items in just the past few days.
An online marketplace that just a few days ago featured around five dozen distinct offerings now boasts more than 330 pieces of battle flag-emblazoned memorabilia — making it possible for motivated shoppers to drape themselves from head-to-toe in rebellious gear.
So, fear not, Southern Man.
Whether frolicking by the seashore (swimming trunks),
or entertaining at home (bed linens),
Jones has got you covered.
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