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  • Harsher in Hindsight: Jimbo explains the racist "history" of South Park's flag while at the same time venting about the over-saturation of political correctness when it came to sports mascots such as the Cleveland Indians and the Washington Redskins (both of which have stereotypical connotations towards Native Americans). Since the episode aired, there have been calls to have both teams among others such as the Chicago Blackhawks and the Atlanta Braves renamed and the mascots retooled. Most notably, the Indians retired their Chief Wahoo mascot after the 2018 season.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Quite a few:
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    • One is that using extreme methods to combat bigotry can easily result in a person becoming a bigot themselves.
    • Not everyone who wants to preserve controversial symbols is a bigot. They could have other reasons such as wanting to preserve history or not understanding the negative symbolism in the first place.
    • Lastly, while preserving history is important, there are just some aspects of it that are not worth saving and must be changed so society can continue to improve.
  • Values Resonance:
    • This episode has become very relevant in The New '10s with the controversy surrounding the calls for the removal of images and memorials of figures involved with the Confederacy by people in the southern US.
    • The final design of the flag—which the town seems to agree on—could be seen as skewering calls for token diversity in positions of power while ignoring the systemic injustices that lie at the very roots of the inequity to begin with (in this case, still having a black man being hanged at all).
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