Phil Anselmo weighs in on the Confederate flag_lowres

Phil Anselmo says he doesn't buy the argument that a Confederate flag represents "heritage, not hate."

Though Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans City Council support taking down or renaming four Confederate monuments in the city, the hot-button issue of flying any of the Confederate flags hasn't become an issue in New Orleans - probably because Confederate flags don't fly on any public property.

But musician Phil Anselmo - a New Orleans native and ex-Pantera member, now performing with the all-star metal band Superjoint Ritual - told the website Hard Rock Haven that he regretted Pantera's past use of the flag:


I’m coming up on 47 years old…and I think that if it’s upsetting enough to people in general, you know, I guess…this is tough to say without taking any side…like I said, I can see where if people see it as a symbol of hate then…these days, I wouldn’t want anything to fucking do with it because truthfully…I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t want much to fucking do with it at all and personally you know I would never…the way I feel and the group of people I’ve had to work with my whole life, you know…you see a Confederate flag out there that says “Heritage, not hate.” I’m not so sure I’m buying into that, you know?

But I can look at any…people can point out flaws in any social group, any ethnic group, any ideology and anything like that and that’s once again because everybody has different ideas about things and at this point in time I just wish everybody would chill the fuck out man and realize, you know, maybe a good dose of love, for lack of a better word, would do us all friggin’ a lot better instead of pulling sides, taking sides. You know everybody wants to have a firm stance on things, but maybe sometimes we should sit back and listen for a change. You know?

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Last week, Rolling Stone asked

"Why Are These Bands Still Selling Confederate Flag Merch?,"

citing Pantera's Hesher Dream T-shirt. For years, the band has been accused of harboring white supremacist sympathies, which Anselmo has denied, as he did in this 1994 interview.