Why is it so controversial? I know some racists use it, from what I've seen online. But i have seen other people saying it's not racist, they aren't racist they're just southern and like the flag because it's the southern flag.
So what's up with it, why or why isn't it racist?
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I'm not American but I think the controversy is this:
People who claim it is not racist do so on the grounds that it's simply a flag of a historical period of time in US-American history. Like, just because you think the southern states are cool and perhaps you're in favor of political secession doesn't make you a slavery-supporter.
On first sight, this reasoning makes sense.
However, the problem with this is that the secession happened almost exclusively because of slavery. Sure, the north and the south already had some other fights before that but the question of whether slavery should be legal or not was about 90% of the reason southern states eventually split of from the United States. So, in fact, the flag that represents southern states and secession is directly connected to slavery and that is why some people (including myself) would call it racist.
Take the swastika as comparison. Sure, you can say that Hitler also did some good stuff, such as building highways and getting rid of unemployment. Some people even go to the rather ridiculous argument that the Swastika is originally Buddhist and meant "peace". While both of these arguments are correct, they totally miss the point. When you see the Swastika, you don't think of Buddhism or cool highways. You think of the holocaust, Nazi imperialism, the war etc.. This is why hanging up the red-white-black Swastika is very much racist and antisemitic. It's not just a random symbol anymore, it carries a distinct meaning. And this is also why in Germany, the flag is not even controversial, it's simply illegal. Hanging up the Swastika in Germany can get you a very heavy fine (several thousand Euros). And there's a pretty good reason for that.1
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