Apparently the guardians of the Southern Myth didn’t like a painting by Gainsville State College, located in Gainsville, Georgia by Professor Stanley Bermudez. Seems Professor Bermudez made the mistake of painting what he felt when he saw the flag…
Neo-confederate and hate groups promptly voice their ire, intimidating the College to remove the flag from the Art Exhibit.
“When I was growing up in South America, we had the freedom of expression in my country. But when Hugo Chávez came into power, he started manipulating that freedom. Everything from the media to art was being censored,” said Bermudez, who is from Venezuela.
“Anyone who made a negative comment about the government … was being attacked or repressed. I don’t agree with that kind of censorship.”
As an artist, Bermudez often takes to canvas to express his feelings and thoughts. One of his most recent works, “Heritage?,” illustrates what comes to his mind when he thinks of the Confederate flag.
The red flag, with the blue St. Andrew’s Cross emblazoned across the front adorned with white stars, was carried onto the battlefield by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. While some people argue that the flag represents Southern heritage and pride, other people — Bermudez included — see it in a less positive light. (more…)