Political and social commentary has not, and will not be the intended focus of this website. However, this morning I received an article on my Facebook timeline from Heatstreet.com about a women having a confrontation at a Toronto festival with the owner of a Dukes of Hazzard "General Lee" replica. Seems the women took extreme issue with Confederate flags on the car, and demanded the car be removed from the festival.
You can read the full article and watch the video of the confrontation here.
I bring this up because I think it's important for all car show enthusiasts and sponsors to be made aware of the potential for something like this to occur here. Especially in light of the fact that a General Lee replica just made an appearance at the Hilliard Historical Village car show this past weekend.
It also begs the question of whether or not vehicles that fall outside the range of "political correctness" should be banned from participating in car shows or cruise-ins for fear of offending someone.
When my son was a child (he's now almost 41), the Dukes of Hazzard was his favorite TV show, and the General Lee his favorite car.
I can certainly understand someone wanting to own a replica of this car as an adult. It's a darn cool car.
Back then, no one said "boo" about the flag on the top of the car. Have we gone so over board with our "political correctness" that bringing a replica of this car to a show could now potentially incite a riot. I sure hope not.
I was extremely disappointed that the festival organizers felt the need to apologize for the car and its owner's participation in the festival. The car was an integral part of the TV show, and the Confederate flag an integral part of the car. While I understand how the flag's symbology can elicit strong feelings, the car itself represents none of that. It only represents a popular TV series from the late '70s and early 80's. Everyone just needs to lighten up a bit.
Please let me know what you think in the comments section.