Once the left starts censoring history, it’s hard for them to stop.
The uproar over the Confederate battle flag has led elected officials throughout Louisiana, as in South Carolina, to call for the removal of Confederate images and statues – but some history professors are beginning to ask where the line should be drawn when it comes to getting rid of “offensive” symbols.
As it turns out, even Louisiana’s official state symbol — the fleur de lis — might qualify for censorship from the politically correct left, given its relationship to Southern slavery.
“As an African I find it painful, and I think people whose ancestors were enslaved here may feel it even harder than I do as an African,” slavery historian Dr. Ibrahima Seck told WWLTV.
The fleur de lis is a French symbol used by royal families dating to the 13th century, and is seen as a symbol of state pride throughout Louisiana. It appears on architecture, official state documents, and even the New Orleans Saints’ football helmets. It became the official state symbol in 2008.
But Seck connected the usage of the fleur de lis to the state’s “black codes” of 1724, which were used to govern the area’s slave population.
Seck told WWLTV that when a slave was caught trying to run away, he “would be taken before a court, and the sentence would be being branded on one shoulder with the fleur de lis, and then they would crop their ears.”
Tulane University history professor Terence Fitzmorris, however, pointed out that targeting symbols like the Confederate flag or the fleur de lis is often a slippery slope.
“The fleur de lis was the symbol of a monarchy,” Fitzmorris said. “The United States of America was a slave-holding republic, not just the South. Where do you stop? Do you get rid of all symbols?”
The New Orleans Saints might not yet be facing the wrath of social justice warriors, as the Washington Redskins have because of their name, but given the left’s love of banning “offensive” symbols, they should probably try to keep the fleur de lis’ history under their hats — or helmets.