Whiting’s Writings: Design Proposal Deploys Large Flag Flap | Whiting’s writings

A state flag overhaul project caused such a failure last week that if approved I fear there will be another battle on South Carolina soil.

A newspaper located in what was once the state capital published a story this week, revealing what state historians hoped lawmakers in the state’s current capital would agree on a review and a acceptable standardization of the flag.

Well, it looks like lawmakers will first have to figure out whether a $ 25 million fine imposed on a single lawmaker who dares to propose the removal of historic monuments is too much, too little, or even necessary before they can vote for the flag in top of the post because the designers folded up the tail and returned to the drawing board. Literally as figuratively.

Chalk through to 2020, if you like, but be sure to use a piece of chalk that’s Pantone 282 C. Go back to 2018, when lawmakers appointed a Newberry policy consultant, Scott Mayerck, and a team of historians. to produce a historically accurate flag.

Historically accurate? What’s the deal with this flag we see on koozies, European oval stickers, T-shirts, Yetis and Yeti fakes, swimwear, and key chains? Oh, and also on the actual flags.

As P&C’s Avery Wilks reported in his story, it turns out we’ve been everywhere with this design. While the crescent – I bet you didn’t know it’s not a moon hanging over the tree – is reproduced, there has been too much variation on the tree itself. And most of the versions produced by manufacturers have color issues. Forget 50 shades of gray. It’s about 50 shades of blue. Which is somewhat ironic, given that it was the blue and gray that fought against the Palmetto state’s decision to secede, with the North wearing blue and the South decked out in gray.

But South Carolina, it seems, should have been as picky about its flag’s shade of blue as Coca-Cola is about its red and white trademark. It turns out that color matters.

You’d think color would be the primary bugaboo in choosing a historically accurate representation of our flag, but there’s more than a middle finger involved. There is also a colonel. In this case, it was Colonel William Moultrie and his 2nd South Carolina Regiment who fought in that other war, the War of Independence. Moultrie probably didn’t sit down with a color consultant to choose a uniform color for his soldiers’ uniforms, but Pantone 282 C appears to be what was chosen. Of course, at the time it was probably just called indigo.

The blue – or indigo – for the uniforms made sense. You see, speaking of majors, indigo has been a major player in the state’s economy for years and Colonel Moultrie would not have had uniforms made by children working in factories in China or the United States. Bangladesh.

Either way, it’s not the shade of blue that makes so many people turn red with anger over the fleeting design.

It is above all the tree itself. The change was a bit surprising. Think thinly blown hair on Doris day versus Phyllis Diller’s hair. OK, you older readers get this one. Imagine George Clooney’s hairstyle next to Johnny Depp’s. Or, just look at the image accompanying this column and you’ll get the idea. The tree on most current flag versions appears to be fairly well maintained, as if it were a bonsai tree. The most historically accurate, however, is not that perfect.

In his story, Wilks shared the following reactions to the new tree design:

“The flag looks weak, its stiff slings resemble the murderous fingers of Freddy Krueger, some claim. Others say it appears the tree survived a major hurricane or a long addiction to methamphetamine. Saw palmetto could pass for Charlie Brown’s pathetic Christmas tree, more than one commented. Some have wondered if it hadn’t been sketched out by a particularly uninspired miner.

Not exactly a good reception, right?

It was probably not the best year to consider the introduction of the new design. Post-COVID would be better. There have been Palmetto State Flag memes in which the tree’s fronds resemble the iconic virus. Maybe a two-year delay would have been a better plan.

Plus, it’s not like we’re the Mississippi, who finally decided it’s time to ditch the old flag for something new, something that doesn’t immediately evoke visions of “Mississippi.” Burning “.

Still, I have to wonder about those who were so strongly opposed to the new design. Remember, the mission was to create a more historically accurate version of what we call our state flag. It seems that the mission is accomplished.

Are those who complain the loudest also those who say that the history of our state is its legacy and who vehemently oppose any effort to remove offensive Confederate monuments or change the names of buildings? that honor the state’s racist past?

I would bet a blue dollar that it is.

Whiting is the editor of the Index-Journal. Contact him at 864-943-2522; email [email protected], or follow him on Twitter @IJEDITOR. The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author only and do not represent the opinion of the newspaper.

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