The Truth Behind the Confederate Flag

Jason Robbins

By Jason Robbins \
The confederate flag is a topic of much debate between the right-wingers and the left-wingers. However, It would be nice to clear up some confusion relating to this "symbol of hatred". To begin, the flag we know as the confederate flag was used as a battle flag of the Confederacy. The actual flag of the confederacy looked very different and changed twice before the end of the regime.
The First Flag of the ConfederacyWikipedia

The first flag of the confederacy was too similar to the American flag to use on a battlefield so it was replaced with the battle flag and others used by local & state militaries. But what about the controversy surrounding the confederate battle flag is it really a symbol of racism? Well, the truth is both sides are right. It is a symbol of racism however it also isn't. In some contexts, it is used as a symbol of racism. During the Unite the Right rally many confederate flags were flown to express white supremacy, a racist political ideology. However, in some situations, the confederate flag is used to express other meanings of which some have nothing to do with race. Confederate flags are sometimes used to express the belief in limited government/right-wing libertarianism which is usually not a racist ideology with some exceptions. The third and final meaning of the confederate flag is a symbol of southern heritage. Some people in the south use confederate flags to represent their heritage due to the fact that some of their forefathers served in the Confederate military. So to conclude confederate flags can be a symbol of hatred but they have more than one meaning.

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