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SANTA BARBARA D’OESTE, Brazil – Brunno Lucke is a 9-year-old boy with a sweet smile, a love of soccer and his own YouTube channel. He also wears a cap with the Confederate battle flag emblazoned on its peak.
This city of more than 180,000, an hour’s flight from Rio de Janeiro, site of this summer's Olympics, is perhaps the last place you’d expect to find the most controversial symbol in American history. It adorns everything from belt buckles to bumper stickers among the Fraternidade Descendência Americana, an organization that celebrates the emigration of a group of defeated Southerners to Brazil after the Civil War 150 years ago.
Yet in Santa Barbara D’Oeste there is no negative association with the flag that many Americans see as a symbol of slavery and segregation.
“To me,” Bruno says, already dreaming of the hot dogs he’ll soon consume at a popular annual Confederate festival, “the flag is a symbol of love.”
The festival will be held Sunday in a peaceful patch of leafy greenery next to a small chapel and near a graveyard where settlers and their descendants – Confederados as they are known here – have been buried for generations.
More than 2,000 people are expected to attend and organizers have measures to ensure the vibe stays family friendly. Security guards will check for any sign of white supremacist images or tattoos.
Brazil's has 14 million black citizens (7.6% of the population) and they will be represented too.
“Of course (black people) are welcomed,” Brunno’s mother, Kareline Townsend Lucke, says through a translator. “Welcomed in the best way possible like everyone, without any distinction. We’re not racist.”
During discussions with several Confederados, who meet here regularly, there is no evidence of racism. Instead they are proud of their culture, and Confederate memories are regarded as an appreciation of lineage, not a historical blight.
originally posted by: AmericanRealist
, unlike the communist American hating left that takes a page from authoritarian history to attempt to stand try to purge anything related from history and existence.
originally posted by: Sremmos80
a reply to: AmericanRealist
Oh so if we don't agree with the flag we are American hating commies? I don't care if you want to fly it, just get it off gov buildings. Oh and that isn't erasing it from history, even statues ans street names going isn't. It isn't erased until it is out of the books.
to stigmatize anyone who wants to show their pride and try to purge anything related from history and existence.
You could have just left this as a story of a quaint little town that has a surprising tie to US History.
They attach no racist connotations to this symbol, unlike the communist American hating left that takes a page from authoritarian history to attempt to stigmatize anyone who wants to show their pride and try to purge anything related from history and existence.
But you couldn't. I stopped reading after that sentence. You hijacked your own thread.
Wonder if those confederates went to Brazil after the war because they still had slavery there.... All about 'love' I guess.