America is rapidly becoming a cuckoo’s nest and her citizens are the trapped patients. Unless you’ve been held prisoner without television, radio or a cell phone, you know of the huge feeding frenzy in the U.S over the role of the Confederate flag in today’s America. The debate is, many see it as a reminder of the many pre-Civil War injustices while others see it simply as a way to honor the soldiers who died for the Confederacy. And, both sides appear ready to come to blows over it. Now it seems that even Apple has decided to join the ruckus, according to toucharcade Thursday.
The technology giant Apple has pulled everything from the App Store that features a Confederate flag, regardless of context. Apple can be rather heavy-handed when it comes to political issues, preferring the ax rather than the scalpel. Recently, Apple’s Tim Cook, spoke against displaying the Confederate flag, so this development was to be expected. It is unsure if Apple is banning all mention of the Confederacy, or just the specific image of the flag which has since become such a hot button issue.
The rightscoop points out that while Apple has removed all war games that feature a confederate flag, they will keep those that have Nazi insignia. As one Twitter user tweeted Thursday morning, “Hmm, games with Nazi flags and robot hitlers are still available for free on the Apple’s App Store. Right now.” Apple also has a game, Heroes of the Revolution, featuring several real figures from the Cuban Revolution. They are playable heroes, including Fidel Castro and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.
Wednesday Amazon and eBay jumped on the bandwagon reports Reuters. eBay has specifically banned their sale while Amazon has banned the sale of “products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views.” However, Nazi-era memorabilia are listed on both sites.
Communities Digital News on Friday shows the debate for what it is-hypocrisy. While the issue with the Confederate flag is supposed to be about slavery and racism and hatred of blacks, no one is screaming over the Che Guevara merchandise in Walmart. Guevara, was an Argentinean communist who fermented revolutions in Cuba and the Congo, and was finally dispatched by the Bolivian forces in 1967. Guevara is quoted as saying,
“The Negro is indolent and lazy,” Che opined about his Congolese comrades, “and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.”
Yet there is no outcry for the ban of his products. Walmart won’t just sell you Che. They’ll sell you Fidel Castro, Mao Zedong, and an Iranian flag. Just don’t ask them for a Confederate flag.
Walmart will also sell you airplane models, complete with swastikas, and Soviet heavy tank kits. The chain giant also sells Soviet posters – from Soviet beverage ads to Soviet Boy Scout ads “calling all schoolchildren.” Apparently it is felt that this kind of merchandise isn’t offensive to Jewish people. Or maybe it’s only important if you are the right group of offended people.
America is experiencing the subjugation or holding down of sections of society for the comfort of those in command. Maybe, one day, there will be a new revolutionary leader-another Martin Luther King, Jr. or a McMurphy-who will arrive to set the people free no matter what the consequences.