Partly, actually mostly I agree. But I lived in Richmond, Virginia for a year and knew at least some southerners who didn't think of it as racist, but as a symbol of regional pride, etc.
I don't know how many Southerners look at the flag that way, or how many younger white men think of it as a form of anti-Big Government rebellion.
I do think that the Confederate flag is PERCEIVED as racist by large numbers of African Americans and white people living outside of the South. So when you choose to fly the flag, we generally believe that you're endorsing racism, white supremacy, the old system of Jim Crow segregation and maybe even a nostalgia for slavery.
Jeb is right in rejecting the flag for these reasons, I think. Even though there may be some people who fly it who don't think of themselves as racially bigoted.
-- democratic socialist