Alright, so this is something that I've had strong opinions about for several years, having grown up in the South. As much as I'm exposed to it, I'll admit I've gotten kind of jaded in having it around. However, now with the Charleston shootings and the returning controversy surrounding the flag's role, I've found myself now discussing it in length with others around here, in Tennessee. Whereas most people I know are against the display of it, I still know several who are supporters of it, including my future in-laws which just makes me uncomfortable, especially as a minority. I am a proponent of removing the flag because I do find it racist and at the very least, historically inaccurate. Something I noticed growing up here is that a lot of people don't actually see it as a racist symbol, but more of a cultural symbol. Not so much "white" as "Southern" or "country." That doesn't mean that I don't see it used racially, but that's how I was exposed to it more as a kid. Anyway, I would like to hear from you guys and see what you think? Is the Confederate Flag, despite never having actually been the flag of the Confederacy, able of simply being a symbol of heritage, and not hate? Does the history of the flag matter? It was the flag of a battle, not the Confederacy as a whole and obviously has racial undertones. Can that be ignored for the pride the flag brings? and the more important question, is honoring the flag surmountable to a degree of treason?