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[Southern Nationalist Flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 8 October 2013

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Introduction: Southern Nationalist Flag

The Southern Nationalist Flag, charged with black saltire on white field, is a newly introduced symbol of neo-Confederate extremists in the USA. It was presented on 2013-07-31 by the Southern Nationalist Network website in an interview with its creator, a Jon (no last name presented) of Augusta, Georgia. The key points of his explanation on the interview were:

  1. The design was said to have been inspired by the flag of Alabama. (1:06)

  2. The saltire was said to be a symbol of purely European origin. (2:41)

  3. The designer said: "It's a complete rejection, of course, of the red, white, and blue which was borrowed from the French Revolution. You know, equality, democracy, fraternity, you know, liberty." Thus he ignored the facts that the use of these colors in America not only predated that of the France, but also that the Confederate flags, the use which he does not reject, use the same colors, having actually inherited them. (He also ignored the facts that ideals he intends to reject were also those of American Revolution, which predated and largely inspired the French one, and that the Confederacy never rejected them the way he did. (4:14)

  4. After the interviewer's comment that the flag also has a medieval, "Crusader" look, the designer mentioned the Teutonic Order's use of these colors. (5:38)

  5. The designer said that the idea of creating a new flag for the Southern nationalists, which would not neceassarily put the old flags out of use, was partly inspired by the fact that the Confederate armed forces actually used a multitude of flags with various designs, not always derived from the official flags of the Confederacy. (6:20

A summary of the flag symbolism is presented here. White is said to stand for "European heritage, hierarchy, tradition" and black symbolizes nationalism, as was stated by the designer in his interview as well. After listing several European and American flags which it resembles, the flag was also said to recall the word "Dixie", which is derived from French word for number 10, dix, because the saltire resembles the Roman numeral X.

Soon after the flag was presented, the Southern Nationalist Network included its image into the website page header and the League of the South, a Neo-Confederate organization, used it at its demonstrations in the towns of Uvalda and Vidalia, Georgia, on 2013-08-24 (photo).
Tomislav Todorovic, 8 October 2013