Wake up to the fact that everybody under the AMERICAN flag was pretty low on moral standard. The reason you pin the label on the Confederate flag is that is all you know to do, and really it is what pop culture has done to the symbol.
Why be ashamed of that flag only when Indians were slaughtered under Old Glory? Remember Custard? Come on people that happened shortly after the Civil War by a UNION general. You ask what part of SOUTHERN history we should be proud of, what part of our NATION"S history should we be proud of?
The South was no different than the rest of the USA. There are good points and bad points to all our pasts. This question shows what the connections of knowledge are. We connect the dots of slavery, Dukes of Hazzard, and race, because thats a simple minded way of thinking. Its easier to live with the notion that we as a country did no wrong because all the wrong happened in the South. Its a lot harder to come to facts that we let slavery take root in our country as a nation. That after the civil war the governemnt let issues slide and that civil rights did not catch up untill almost 100 years later. Its easier to look at the KKK and see only the confederate flag when they also use other flags as well including the American flag.
Its easy to blame a piece of cloth when people in L.A. know more hatred about race crime on all colors than most of the South will ever see.
Yes the Confederacy had slavery and fought to preserve it. It was wrong, just like it was wrong when we fought for that right in the Revolutionary War. It was wrong for the North to buy slave produced goods and denounce the act in the same minute. It was wrong for New York to sell slaves. It was just as wrong for the U.S. to free the slaves and then to give them little rights to protect themselves. History is full of wrong.
The South before the Civil War was part of the USA which means that as a country we share the shame. The South as a country lived for five years, but in those five years people fought and died for different reasons.
America is not bad, but we have done really bad things. Yet we still wave the flag without remorse for any of them. Why should the South be any different in that freedom?
We usually define racism by discrimination based on a belief or color of the skin. This question reflects the very root of that meaning. It is the most humorous thing in the world that someone so opposed to racism, is often commiting the act.
This person asked the question, but has already made up his mind based on what he believes. "If you fly a confederate flag, you must be racists." seems to be to focus but this is not true.
That being said............
There is just as much to be proud of in Southern history as American history.