I admit I can somewhat understand the movement to ban the Confederate Battle Flag from South Carolina and other states in light of recent, horrible events. It does bother me as a flag enthusiast to see it perceived as a symbol of hate and not for what I perceive it to be: a symbol of a movement for rebellion against a government that was seen as oppressing states rights. THIS IS MY OPINION: Many people do not even know about the existence of what was termed "The Cause" that was the South's argument for rebellion. Yes, slavery was part of the equation but it was also a matter of state's rights over Federal laws and taxes. The Confederate battle flag, the Bonnie Blue flag the Van Dorn Battle flag AND the "Stars and Bars" flag, in my eyes, represented those aspirations of the people of the southern states who felt they needed a different form of government. "The Cause" was not about a single issue. It was a a combination of issues that ultimately led to the Civil War. Like our Revolutionary War, it is probably the 2nd most important event to the history of our country. I get upset to hear that it has to become a symbol for racism, slavery or hate. It is a symbol of history and heritage. I know I cannot prevent the Confederate Battle flag from becoming the scapegoat for social ills. It seems that we, as a society, try to find a something or someone to symbolize or personify an evil. We see political parties adopt a historical flag like the "Don't Tread on Me" flag and give it a new identity. We've seen the sacred symbol of Hinduism and Buddhism thousands of years old turned into a hated symbol for the Third Reich. I am a Yankee, born and raised in Rhode Island and none of my relatives that I know of fought for either side of the Civil War. I just love history and now society is attacking history, making it a target to symbolize the perverted actions of people who are looking to create a race war. A sad event for those of us who delight in flags and their place in history.