While some people say they look at the lines on the Confederate Flag as divisive boundaries based on racism, others say that using the flag is about heritage and not hate.
Those are the thoughts of the general populace, and companies like Apple (and many others) have had to act upon them – rather unwisely in some cases.
For instance, we argued about the removal of certain games from the App Store that revolved around the time of the Confederacy simply because the games featured the Confederate Flag. All this happened while other apps like documentaries and audiobooks etc. on the same stood intact.
Now, it seems Apple has seen the fault in their decision and games that were removed are now being added back.
Many of the removed games, including Ultimate General: Gettysburg, have now been added back along side a few other apps like Civil War: 1863. Here’s what the developers of Ultimate General said:
Ultimate General is back! Unchanged. After several late night phone calls with Apple yesterday and today the game has returned to AppStore the way it was… in 1863.
However, it appears that the developers have been asked by Apple to make sure they remove the Confederate Flag from all the forward facing materials like the icon of the app and the preview screenshots that are shown before you download any application from the App Store.
All these changes were apparently requested in “late night calls,” whereas the official statement provided by Apple reads:
We have removed apps from the App Store that use the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways, which is in violation of our guidelines. We are not removing apps that display the Confederate flag for educational or historical uses.
In my opinion it is good that they are reinstating the games since they were portraying history; removing the flag from the forefront and putting the game back up is the best thing to do since putting such a thing on top of government buildings and public places is different from using it in a game in order to make it historically accurate.
What do you think?