I was brought up in the great state of Texas, which, in many ways, is neither southern nor western, but during the Civil War, in which many of my ancestors fought, Texas was a part of the Confederacy. That all is historical fact.
Therefore it is absolute rubbish to ban a flag which is an historical symbol by saying it is racial. That statement is just rubbish. The Confederate Battle Flag, in fact all the Confederate Battle Flags, are symbols of historical fact. That is true, and yet, many race mongers of today, especially those of the Yankee persuasion and those who want to see racial tensions rise, are verbally forcing the more liberals of the Southerners to remove an bygone emblem that speaks of our historical past but does NOT speak of hatred in any way, shape or form! I know many people, black, white, brown and yellow who agree with this statement and proudly flag this historical flag.
Because of this political bull, many companies right here in the good ole USofA have chosen, NOT been forced, to removed from sale the most common example of a Confederate Battle Flag, the "Stars and Bars". On the other hand, these same commercial outlets are selling Nazi memorabilia which certainly is a sign of hatred!
Even the liberally established public television PBS states the truth:
What led to the outbreak of the bloodiest conflict in the history of North America?