1. No it is not directly meant to be a sign of racism, but guess what, it has turned to one anyway. It is comparable to the Swastika, which was simply the German 3rd Reich flag, but now represents evil, and rightly so. The Confederate flag was a flag of people who wished to leave the Union for reasons of a different government system, one which was based on and agrarian economy structured by slavery, so yes in part the war was started from slavery. It has since been used by Neo-Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan, so again, its a sign of racism.
2. Depending on your definition and if you can read a map; no, slavery didn't exist in the North. Border states between the "North/ Union" and the "South/ Confederacy" had slavery, but they weren't technically northern states anyway. Now if you are pointing out that in northern states there was "slavery" meaning racism and unfair discrimination, then I would have to agree with you.
3. I can understand somebody thinking the flag is one of heritage, and I don't necessarily disagree with that. Because of what the war turned into, one of slavery, it even during the war became a flag of racism, and that has not changed since. So again, I understand somebody thinking of the flag as a flag of heritage, but for too many people it does represent hate, and they are NOT ignorant for thinking so. Can't you find something better to show your heritage?
I'm NOT ignorant...
· 1 decade ago