Context stops mattering after a while. Was it a symbol before the Nazis? Yep. Does that matter? Not one bit. I highly doubt this obvious genius studied the history of the symbol before he got it. My evidence? Um……he’s on this site.
The confederate flag is absolutely the flag of racism. Who doesn’t see that and go “ew. redneck racists”
And I’m sure this guy was trying to break through the stereotype of what the symbol means to pretty much everyone by having it slightly more traditionally correct, but I agree with the previous poster that it doesn’t matter- because now a swastika is a symbol of hate and evil. Period. This guy makes bad choices, and probably has to explain that shit everytime he takes his shirt off.
The “rebel flag” IS a symbol of racism, and here’s why.
First off, it’s not a symbol of the Confederacy, because it’s not the confederate flag, it’s simply the naval jack of the Confederate Navy… it’s a representation of boats and submarines.
The confederate flag was white and blue, looks nowhere nearly as “bad ass” or “intimidating” as the naval jack’s “Stars and bars”
Now if you were waving a flag to support your Southern Confederate Heritage, you would use the actual flag of the nation, not the flag of your naval force.
Now the argument I always used was that I am of German heritage, but there’s some parts of your German heritage you shouldn’t be proud of. Just like there’s some parts of your Southern heritage that you shouldn’t be proud of.
I sure wouldn’t wear a Nazi flag and say “it’s about heritage not hate”
Besides, I never understood why people are proud of the Confederacy… it was an utter failure. It’d be like being Yugoslavian and being proud of the Yugo Automobile.