It has never bothered me seeing it fly by government buildings. I have studied it’s origins. I know people who fly it, for both factual reasons, and also for the later adopted racist reasons. I really don’t think it means what blacks/the Left/White Supremacists demonize it as, but I get their point about it being a symbol of a time best forgotten. I understand why the Confederate flag draws negative reactions. I see no reason for it to be displayed on public property.
Still, everyone should be allowed to fly whatever they like in their yard as long as the US flag isn’t below it. Private property flag flying serves a purpose. It is a wonderful indicator of character of the person/people who live on said property. It’s best for everyone to know exactly where they’re treading. Are you flying an ISIS flag? If so, I probably won’t be knocking on your door to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Unless I’m packing heat and looking for trouble.
I bought a Confederate flag today, mostly on principle. Personally, mine will sit nicely folded with the flags of some passed veterans safely inside my home. Also I wanted to call ‘BS!’ on eBay for saying they would no longer sell the ‘Stars and Bars.’ I just don’t believe in limiting the right to freedom of speech, and the mad rush to ban something like a flag is encroaching on that freedom. Funny thing is, as soon as someone or a group of politicians try to use oppressive action in America, the people push back. First it was tea. Recently it has been stockpiling guns and ammunition. Today, according to the eBay store I bought from, folks are now stockpiling a flag. Many of the thousands of ‘Rebel’ flags being bought today will be flying as soon as China ships them out. Mine will not ever see sunshine again. In reality, probably 10,000 Confederate flags will go up into the air soon for every one that the government pulls down. Simple rebellion with no true cause. More black folks will feel the sting of discrimination, and more white folks that actually knew their roots will feel like they’re being erased from America’s cultural history. Neither side has won this battle and I just pray it didn’t start a war.