Yelawolf Puts His Confederate Flag Collection On Display. Offensive Or Proud Symbol Of His Heritage? [Video/Pics]


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Yelawolf a.k.a. Catfish Billy is an Alabama native and very proud of it. The rapper has been posting photos that feature the Confederate flag on his Instagram account.


Yela has a long history of working with African American artists and has been very vocal about the fact that he does not approve of white rappers using the n-word.


"I’m from the South. That sh*t don’t fly. There are grandparents alive today whose parents went through a war. We're just out of the slave trade," he told Vlad TV in 2011. "It’s a very real situation. Hip-Hop and American music culture is black culture. Don’t ever get it f*cked up. Know your roots, know where the f*ck you’re getting this music from and respect it. And don’t embarrass white people and white rappers by doing that dumb sh*t. By dropping the N-bomb and thinking you’re all cool and sh*t. You’re going to find yourself slapped up and it might be by a white boy. Because you ain’t gonna embarrass me around my people like that. As a white rapper, it’s always been a big no-no. But as a human being, it’s been an even bigger no-no.”

The question is, is it OK to wear apparel with the Confederate flag on it or use it it any form? For many Southerners the flag, also known as the Southern Cross and the Rebel Flag, is a symbol of their proud heritage. 

The problem is some groups have taken the flag and turned it into a symbol of hatred against minorities.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is dedicated to fighting bigotry and hate, reports that more than 500 extremist groups use the flag as one of their symbols. That includes the Ku Klux Klan, according to Infoplease

XRoads offers this analysis of the controversy:

The issue of race and the Confederate flag is both the simplest and the most important factor in the controversy. Blacks, unlike whites, have a generally unified opinion on the matter. They see the flag as a symbol of a racist past, a past of servitude, slavery, and second-class citizenship for African-Americans, and they have no desire to revel in the so-called glory, bravery, and refinement of such a heritage. Blacks are not apt to have any fond idealistic remembrances of the Old South or harbor any sympathy for the Confederate cause. The fact that the symbol still lingers and has such a prevalent postion in society over 130 years after the Civil War is in and of itself evidence to blacks that racism is alive and well. The flag is the banner of white supremacy groups in the United States, like the Ku Klux Klan, and is even used abroad by neo-nazi skinhead groups. African-American scholar Mwangi Kimenyi offers that, "the Confederate flag is the semi-official symbol that represents the mark of 'old all white' traditions and the exclusionary feelings of whites towards blacks" (52). Blacks see the flag as a marker that "stands in the schoolhouse door," keeping them from having the rights that are theirs as Americans. Whites retaliate with the argument that hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan also misuse symbols like the cross, but that doesn't stop churches from using crosses. Other whites claim First Amendment rights, saying that no matter what the flag symbolizes, the "true friend of liberty realizes we must allow...the Confederate flag," to be flown wherever individuals choose


Check out Yelawolf's photos below and let us know what you think.






Yelawolf Says No White Rappers Should Use The N Word

Spotted at Vlad TV


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Comment by One23SmokeIce on January 11, 2014 at 6:36am
he gotta take it easy on the face tats
Comment by SMP on January 10, 2014 at 6:09pm
This ain't got no place in Hip-Hop, fu-ck outta here!!!
Comment by jon on January 10, 2014 at 1:55pm
Before white people say anything about this understand youve never been black and alot of people were killed tortured and lynched while that flag was flying high so yelawolf is a b**** a** p**** for that and if im slaughter house i say suck a d*** to that hypocrite tryin play rapper .. We are gonna see peoples true colours soon and its up to people no matter what race to choose right and wrong he probably sucked macklemore off before postin those pics lol
Comment by NathanaeL on January 10, 2014 at 11:57am
think he aint down for a greater cause.
hes being a puppet creating chaos. yela knows these kids are out of order smh.
was a fan aint supportin kkk. he talks peace one hand and holds that flag in the other. and only trapped dumbed down n***** stayed
and fought for that s***, did they all have a.choice. my ancestors escaped to the mountains peopl didnt want to stay in slavery. look up the ship that was stolen war vessel n charleston sc and handed over to the union. real sht yela is a wolf in sheeps clothing
Comment by NathanaeL on January 10, 2014 at 11:43am
im from charleston sc where slaves were sold distributed. that flag to us is like whites holding on to the memory of when the south controlled s***. now personally its in his blood heritage so thats what he reps. problem is most people who rep it are consiered white trash, red necks. when i was ib h.s. there was a group od white kids callin themselves rna redneck assoc. and we was about to go to war the principal had to ring the bell at lunch. 100 vs 50 rednecks.. my thing is this the people that rep that s*** mainly dont want to be near o be married into blacks so yela would look crazy in s.c wearing that s***.rapping black music f***** black chix.period suspect. one of my white homeboys joine rna and stopped fckin w us only said wussup. then chased a blak dude in the hood w a knife. that flag carries weight.
Comment by Ock on January 10, 2014 at 11:00am
Nixvas gave the full history about the flag cuz Yelawolf wearing it but yall didn't say s*** cuz Kanye was selling Wm and wearing em foh
Comment by blackmone on January 10, 2014 at 9:49am
Real Talk Columbus J!!!
Comment by Columbus J on January 10, 2014 at 9:10am
You can thank Kanye West for this s***. Got these folks feelin way too comfortable. F*** his heritage, this is Hip Hop. The heritage of this culture don't play that confederate flag s***. Go do heavy metal or country music if you wanna wave your confederate flag.
Comment by rell on January 10, 2014 at 8:47am
Is it the Alabama flag or a confederate flag? I'm thinking he's just representing Alabama with Alabama flags
Comment by Craig on January 10, 2014 at 6:32am
I guess its a bit like the way the swatstika sign iz actually a sign of peace, until the nazi's used it

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