I was born and raised as a southerner, and I have lived in the South of the US my entire life. I was always taught that the Confederate battle flag was simply the battle flag used by the southern states in the Civil War. I don't personally take pride in it, because my family wasn't even in America at the time of the Civil War, so I had no ancestors that fought in it. However, I don't understand how it is a symbol of oppression. People claim that the Civil War was fought over slavery, but we learned in history class that it was fought over money. When the South tried to secede, President Lincoln knew that the economy in the North would have collapsed if he had allowed it, so the war happened. I want to understand why people see it as a symbol for oppression, since the knowledge I have grown up with has taught me otherwise.
The second part to this CMV is that I don't understand why it should be banned. Putting aside my belief that it is not a symbol of oppression, I still don't see how it should be banned. Are we just going to pretend the Civil War never happened? I don't feel that history should be censored. I'm even seeing articles that Civil War games got removed from the Apple store and Dukes of Hazzard merchandise isn't being sold right now. How on earth is it an appropriate response to completely scrub the Confederate battle flag from history?
Please don't attack me, I am honestly trying to understand where people are coming from and I genuinely want to learn alternative viewpoints, which is why I chose this subverse to post in. I understand my history knowledge could very likely be skewed because I have been educated in the South, but even the research I have done on the Internet hasn't really explained, to my comfort, why the Confederate battle flag is a symbol of oppression. Most of them in favor of removing the flag seem emotionally charge and seem to call me a racist for not getting mad at the mere thought of the flag. I just don't understand the anger behind what I thought was just a symbol of the South. I don't understand how the Confederacy = oppression, which is the vibe I am currently getting.