Because the Confederate flag is not a neutral symbol of "The South". It originated as a symbol of the Confederacy, which was a very specific vision of the South based on slavery and racial hierarchy. This was a vision which, even at the time, was rejected by millions of Southerners, both black and white. Flying the Confederate flag rejects not only the millions of black Southerners who opposed slavery, but the millions of white Southerners who opposed secession and disunion.
The modern use of the flag also shows that it's not a neutral symbol of Southern identity. The flag was resurrected after WWII by white Southerners who were anxious about African-Americans pushing for civil rights. They wanted to reassert their vision of the South was belonging exclusively to white people.
So the flag has never been some kind of neutral emblem of "the South". Instead it has always been, both in its original use and its resurrected form in the 20th century, a symbol of a racist vision of the South.
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