Why do so many southerners still fly the confederate flag?

I mean, isn't it a symbol of racism and betrayal? Destroying America through secession? I live in AZ and I've seen at least 10 different cars with a confederate flag bumper sticker. Does flying that mean that you're racist and in favor of slavery and secession? I want to know what it's... show more I mean, isn't it a symbol of racism and betrayal? Destroying America through secession?

I live in AZ and I've seen at least 10 different cars with a confederate flag bumper sticker.

Does flying that mean that you're racist and in favor of slavery and secession? I want to know what it's supposed to mean nowadays. I mean, Germans don't fly the swastika, regardless that it is a part of their heritage.
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