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More Dishonest “Heritage”: Photoshop Phun Edition

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on February 10, 2018

If you follow the debates over the public display of the Confederate Battle Flag online, you’ve likely seen this image (right), purportedly showing a World War II Marine in the Pacific. Why, the argument goes, if the Confederate flag was good enough for the Greatest Generation, are you precious librul snowflakes all up in arms about it?

You can see this image in about a bajillion places. But it turns out that this is (yet another) little bit of dishonesty from the True Southrons™.

As Corey Meyer noted recently on the Facebook machine, the image has been Photoshopped to replace the United States flag with the Confederate one. Here’s the original, via the U.S. Marine Corps Archives on Flickr:

Marine Corps Archives caption:

The Stars and Stripes on Shuri Castle-Marine Lieutenant Colonel R.P. Ross, Jr., of Frederick, Md., plants the American flag on one of the remaining ramparts of ancient Shuri castle on Okinawa. This banner was the same that the First Marine Division raised at Cape Gloucester and at Peleliu. The flagpole is a Japanese staff that was battered and bent by American shellfire.

And here’s the Confederate flag that’s been Photoshopped into it:

Here they are together:

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: if you have to make up phony evidence to support your “heritage,” it’s not worth saving.


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  1. kbrown2225 said, on February 10, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks Andy, outstanding, as usual!

  2. melanie said, on February 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks for calling them out on their nonsense, Andy.

  3. Nick Sacco said, on February 11, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Reblogged this on Exploring the Past and commented:
    It might help to take a training session on using photoshop before attempting to make lame “heritage” memes. Great work from Andy Hall.

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