Originally Posted by Salamander In The Sun
Just because somebody has a Confederate flag, doesn't mean they're pro slavery.
By that logic, Ibanezking is a racist.
a) First point is irrelevant.
b) Second point is absolute rubbish.
It's the same as me wearing a KKK shirt. It doesn't make me a racist, but I am choosing to wear clothing that endorses a cause, and it's down to me to make sure it's not a cause that causes immediate and reasonable offence to people.
The Confederacy was formed mainly for one reason - to endorse the continuation of the slavery of negroes in the USA. The states that constituted the Confederacy seceeded from the rest of the USA after it became increasingly evident that moves were being made to free slaves. Although it was not staed as a motivation for the establishment of the Confederacy, it was the driving motive. This motive was further highlighted when Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 declared all slaves in Confederate states to be free men.
The division was down to slavery, and the Confederate flag was an emblem for those supporting the cause.
In recent years, the Confederate flag may have become more an embodiment of 'the Southern way of life' - a basic living, unsupplemented by consumerism and other such modern vices, but at the end of the day, we should all be aware of where the falg came from before we fly it.
Apologies for any factual errors - my history's a little dodgy!!
EDIT: The states seceded BEFORE the EP - the EP actually specifically focussed on slaves in the seceeded states, and declared them free men.