What does the Confederate Flag stand for?

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What does the Confederate Flag stand for?

The US burned in the flames of a civil war from 1861 to 1865. The two ideas that sparked this tragedy were whether all men, white or black, should have equal rights and if states could dissolve the confederation of the US. 

While the then US President, Abraham Lincoln sought to abolish slavery, 11 southern states wanted to be seceded to become independent with their constitution. The war ended when Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured, and the resistance collapsed.

Though the civil war times have been left far behind, the Confederate flag is still seen at political events and in the southern American states. So, what does the Confederate flag stand for today? You will find answers to this and many other questions like what did the Confederate flag stand for before the civil war and does the confederate flag stand for anything good below. Keep reading.

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Did you know that the currently popular flag was the navy jack used at sea after 1863 and is just one of the several Confederate battle flags of the southern army? The first Confederate flag was seen in 1861 but was replaced by another in 1863. The most widely known version of the flag was accepted in 1865, a short while before the war ended.

The most common perspective with which the blue and red flag are looked at today is that of hatred and terror. In the early 20th century, the Ku Klux Klan, known for their white supremacist and white nationalist views, adopted it and made it a symbol of a terror campaign against black people. Hence, to answer your question as to what does the confederate flag stand for today, it is mostly conceived as a sign of hatred against African-Americans.

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But, does the confederate flag stand for anything other than racism and slavery? The Confederate flags are still waved in the southern states as a symbol of their ancestry and heritage. The flag also signifies the independent and distinct cultural tradition of the southern states of the US from the rest of the country. You might also come across many who consider waving the flag as a matter of pride.

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For example, the pictures of Dylann Roof, who has been sentenced to death for the murder of nine black church members in 2015, waving the Confederate flag was once viral on the internet. More recently, the flag was seen welcoming Donald Trump to Poland, who has expressed his anti-immigration views at several of his rallies.

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Hope this article cleared all the doubts and questions you had regarding the confederate flag and what it stands for. 

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