by Chris Haire
Since 1992, the Citadel has been using as their "spirit flag" a replica of the flag that cadets flew as they fired on the Star of West, a ship bringing supplies to U.S. troops at Fort Sumter. Many argue that this act was the start of the Civil War, not the later attack on Fort Sumter.
Only now, the folks at El Cid found out that the design they've been using is wrong, thanks to the recent discovery of what is likely to be the actual flag those war-hungry cadets "fought" under.
As for why experts believe this to be the flag, the P&C knows:
The replica the school has been using has a smaller white palmetto tree on a red background, with a white outward-facing crescent in the upper-left corner. The direction of the crescent is important, Curtis said, because an inward-facing crescent was, at the time, a common symbol of secession in the Charleston area.
The fact that the flag in Iowa carries the secession symbol makes it more likely that it is the flag that flew on Morris Island, he said.
Now today, the P&C reports that the Citadel's Board of Visitors voted to adopt the Morris Island flag as its new spirit flag.
I mean, talk about timing. The country is divided in a way that it hasn't been in decades — with some right-wing entertainers and not-so fringey political groups calling for a revolution. And many folks believe that a lot of this strife is racially motivated — surprise, surprise, some saltines are bothered that a black man is president.
And in the midst of all this, the Citadel, a state-supported school, has decided that it's a good idea to choose as its, um, spirit flag, a tattered rag declaring South Carolina's secession from the Union and a symbolic fuck you to Uncle Sam and the American ideal that all men are created equal.
The South Carolina brand just keeps getting better and better.
Here's hoping the folks at Boeing don't hear about this.