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Dixie in Palermo

June 10, 2010

The "General Lee" parked on Via Roma, Palermo, Sicily

If I spoke any Italian, I would have asked the owner if he supports the doctrine of nullification or just likes the Dukes of Hazzard.

This is actually one of three Confederate flags I spotted during two days in Palermo. Why would some Sicilians identify with the Confederacy? On the one hand, Sicily sometimes resents its richer, culturally dominant northern compatriots. On the other hand, Sicily has never gone to war in defense of chattel slavery, and has even fought against it on occasion. But seeing as how the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery, I guess it makes sense that supporters of Sicilian independence would choose to associate their cause with the Confederacy.

Anyway, please send me all photos of vehicles christened Salvatore Giuliano that you find on the streets of Richmond.

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