I've accepted the fact that Southern people deserve the opportunity to preserve their unique history. I have a Southern heritage as well, and it's totally different than any other culture in the US. I don't personally take offense, but if I'm going to be completely honest...I think there is a small group of white southerners who do it, because they like to get a rise out of people. I don't care, the rest of the world, doesn't put too much energy. It's in the past, and they chose to live in the past, so be it. My family are proud Americans who are proud of the people of all cultures who have contributed to the greatness of this country. Although we could have done just as well in other countries (my family lives in various countries and live fantastic lives), this country has defined a special identity. I won't deny other people their identity.