I took this photo in a touristy ice cream shop in Harper's Ferry last weekend and it seems a bit puzzling. West Virginia, after all, isn't rebel country. Indeed, that's kind of the point of the whole state. Obviously, you see Confederate iconography outside of CSA territory (the young George Allen in California, obviously) but this really doesn't seem intended in a white supremacist kind of way. But there it is in a state whose entire existence is owed to the fact that West Virginians didn't want to commit treason in defense of slavery.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.