Friday, 10 June 2016


Writing for Hyperallergic, Claire Voon informs that the US National Cathedral in Washington, DC will be in the near future anathematising Confederate flags hidden (and hidden in plain sight but certainly not the Easter egg that the Darth Vader gargoyle is) in the stained-glass windows dedicated to US Civil War generals Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Notwithstanding the inherent strangeness of having a federal church, I am glad that the staff are not merely redacting history but using the modification, defenestration as a platform for discussing the legacy of race and justice. What do you think? Undoubtedly, the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate but should we be shielded from a shameful past by editing out reminders? I feel that engaging a new narrative creates the platform necessary to commit such revision.