Many Southerners defend their decision to display the Confederate flag by saying that it represents "Southern Pride." While I certainly don't think that Northerners, Midwesterners or people from the Western United States would disagree that the South has a unique history, it really makes zero sense to anyone outside of the South why Southerners would choose to embrace a divisive symbol of hatred and of defeat. It's important to note that what we refer to as "The Confederate Flag" was never actually adopted as the official "national" flag of the confederacy, it was actually a modification of the Confederate Naval Jack and there were several flags in use by the individual Confederate States and their individual armies and militias over the course of the war, but today, the Confederate flag that we see Southerners flying proudly is one that they feel represents all Southerners collectively and the one that they choose to embrace. When a territory is conquered in war, it is usually up to the victor whether or not certain symbols will be banned going forward. The American Civil War was remarkable for the fact that there was so little animosity in the aftermath of the fighting between the two sides, both between the combatants and the civilians. Of course, this is not to suggest that there were no ill-feelings at all, but compared to other conflicts, the winning and losing sides managed to look past their differences and the holding of grudges and acts of retribution were the exception rather than the rule. The United States is incredibly lax when it comes to such things. Citizens are permitted to burn their national flag in public, fly Nazi Swastika flags, fly Ku-Klux-Klan flags, fly the flags of other nations from their own homes, etc., so it's not really surprising that there is no law against flying the Confederate flag. But most Americans who aren't Southerners cannot fathom why the South feels the need to distance itself from the remainder of the country, especially when they do so by embracing the flag that symbolized their desire to leave the Union. The flag represents the fact that they were ultimately not able to do so and the fact that they continue to fly it with false pride seems bizarre considering that to the rest of us, it is the symbol of losers defiantly displaying the fact that they are losers. This is not even to mention that it is an insult to the brave men who fought to preserve the integrity of the Union and that it is just as much of an insult to the millions of Black Americans who see the flag as a symbol of their oppression. But then again, if Southerners want to display "Southern Pride" on a flag, what other options do they really have? I guess they could put a trailer on a flag, or a jug of moonshine, or an F-150, or some redneck making out with his sister or something like that, so maybe all in all, it's not too much to ask for the rest of us to let them have their little Dixie Banner lashed to the hood of their dusty pickup truck or flying from some weather-beaten barn in a field off of some dirt road somewhere. The South is the fastest growing region in the country. The population is swelling more and more all the time. Newcomers don't buy into all of that "Southern Pride" pseudo-borderline racist nonsense anyway. Let the babies have their bottle for a few more years until people down there start waking up to the 21st Century. If you ask me, they can keep the flag if they agree to drop those godawful accents!