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Why The Confederate Flag Remains Popular

Jul 13, 2008
The Confederate battle flag is the flag we're most likely to recognize. It's also called the Southern Cross by some, and carries strong associations - both positive and negative. For some, it's an emblem of southern heritage and a source of a lot of pride. For others, it's a reminder of segregation, slavery, blue laws, and a symbol of institutionalized racism. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that many hate groups use the Confederate battle flag as a symbol - more than five hundred extremist groups do so, according to one source.

Many people believe that the Confederate battle flag was the national flag, too. However, this isn't true - in fact, it's not even the only battle flag used, and the national flag changed three times over the course of the Civil War. There were actually more than a hundred and eighty different battle flags used in the Confederacy. Some of them looked like the Southern Cross we're most familiar with, but others bore little resemblance to it.

Display of the Confederate flag is a big deal for lots of people, because almost no one can agree on exactly what it stands for. While this flag acts as a symbols of the south's racist heritage for some, it's a sign of pride for many others. There are even some groups, mostly outside the US, who've used the Confederate flag to signify a general sense of rebellion, completely outside its historical context.

That's what makes displaying the flag as part of a state flag, at a sporting event, or on a public building a big deal. The Confederate battle flag can mean a lot to people, and it can also be seen as an attack. Southern state legislatures have struggled with this issue for nearly twenty years.

Many states still display this flag in some locations and on particular locations. It's a good idea to remember that display of the Confederate flag, while politically charged, isn't always a direct statement about race.

The Confederate flag is a proud symbol of the south. However, the fact that it's used by the Klan and other extreme racist organizations mean that it'll automatically have some other associations. If you want to display this flag, think about the implications, and be willing to explain calmly what it means to you.

This flag is a popular symbol of southern pride, but its adoption by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist organizations means that it has some other associations, too. That means you should display it carefully, and be ready to calmly explain what the Confederate flag means to you.

This flag is a popular symbol of southern pride, but its adoption by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist organizations means that it has some other associations, too. That means you should display it carefully, and be ready to calmly explain what the Confederate flag means to you.
About the Author
Robert Cooksey is the developer of a number of websites covering topics relating to home improvement, in particular. For sales and more information about confederate flags and other flags, visit Flags for Sale as well as his blog about flags.
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