Confederate Flag: Heritage pride or condoning slavery?

The use of the traditional Confederate flag, also known as the Rebel flag, is sometimes viewed as significantly controversial – generally in reference to the Confederacy’s stance regarding slavery. However, in the Southern states we see it quite commonly displayed as a reference of pride.

Thank you to @conservative_sc_ for submitting the below opinion for publication!

My opinion of the Rebel Flag (also known as the Confederate flag) is this. The flag should be allowed to be displayed anywhere. The Civil War was a war on state rights, not slavery. The North made it about slavery.  The flag was and still is representing the South.  The true southern heritage [is something that] we betray. This flag is [seen by many as] a symbol of honor by the South.  Why shall we hide that?

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