|First Confederate Flag: The Stars and Bars|
|Second Confederate Flag: The Stainless Banner|
|Third Confederate Flag: The Blood-Stained Banner|
Those who wave the Confederate flag say that it represents, "Heritage, not hate." I believe them, or at least their sentiments. To them, it is not a hate symbol. It is a way of honoring their ancestors who fought (and often died) during the Civil War, but for "the other side." Besides, around Texas and other places in the south there are monuments honoring Civil War soldiers. There are cities, counties, and even mountain ranges honoring Jefferson Davis and others. The Civil War was not about slavery, but about the right of states' (and the people's) self-determination. It was no different from the American Revolution, except that the rebels lost.
Yet, historical revisionists notwithstanding, the Confederate flag represents one thing: slavery, namely, white slavery of blacks. So, despite many white people believing that contemporary racism of whites against blacks is non-existence, many people on the receiving end of that racism don't feel that way. "Heritage, not hate" and "racism is dead" are hard arguments to make against the SCOTUS when this article is juxtaposed in newspapers with the news of a white man killing members of a black church in a southern state in order to start a race war.