From: A Southern Reader [Email him]
Scary black anger is the reason you don't see Confederate flags around anymore.
The capitulation was completely unwarranted. If enough leaders had shown backbone, the flag would still be part of our proud culture.
A myth has been created that the sight of the battle flag causes blacks to become irrational and emotional. This would have been unthinkable in the 1960s, 1970s and 80s. They act this way now because they've been shown that acting out anger makes white leaders retreat like cowards.
The Confederate flag used to be a ubiquitous symbol of fun and pride: Think of the Dukes of Hazzard, kitschy souvenirs, military emblems, comic books, and solemn memorials to CSA heroes. Blacks didn't find out they were 'triggered' by the flag until they were taught to be triggered.
Now it's a Pavlovian response.
James Fulford writes: I wrote in 2008 that the evil of the Confederate flag is a fairly recent discovery—it was no problem for the Dukes Of Hazzard to have a car called the General Lee with a Confederate flag on the roof from 1979 to 1986, but it did become a problem in the movie remake in 2005.