Blacks generally find the confederate flag offensive, as well as many whites. Although many will tell you that the Civil War was fought over states rights and not slavery, the state right being fought over was, in fact, slavery. The Confederate flag respresents the pro-slavery stand in the Civil War. Regardless, if folks have the right to burn the American flag as a "freedom of speech" right, then they should also be allowed to fly the Confederate flag. If we all worry about every thing we do offending someone, everything we do would be outlawed. Finally, just because one has the right to do something, doesn't make it the right thing to do. Flying the Confederate flag is insensitive, to say the least. Someday all the people who fly it will be dead and a new generation of tolerant Americans will forget it ever existed.