Here in the southern Midwest, however, it is seen differently. Yes, thousands of people still see it as a symbol of racism, BUT it also represents the Southern Confederate armies and raiders that invaded northwestern/north-central Kentucky throughout the Civil War. They were the ones to break the neutrality of the border state Kentucky and tread upon its soil. They launched attacks on towns and Union garrisons, while the raiders pillaged towns and stores, burned courthouses, abused several citizens during their 4-year reign of terror. Only the efforts and counter-marching of Union forces in the Western Theater, and the determination of Kentucky Home Guards to defend their state against the Southern bastards were what stopped these raiders and armies.
" THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN i bought a Rebel flag with hank williams jr's head in the middle saying 'if the south woulda won wed have it made'
Some black people are so quick to judge when they see the rebel flag "Oh look at the redneck waving his flag in his truck I bet he is in the KKK" but they fail to remember it is our right to be proud of our flag just like they are when we see a Jamicain, African or even a Spanish flag but a true southern person will not judge or be judged. Charlie Pride was a black country singer and he was good at what he did, so apprently as southerner's we weren't against slavery that much because if we were he would not of made it to the Grand Ol' Opry!
Hervey's devotion to the flag began when he discovered that a great-great-uncle, James Hervey, was a black American who fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. James Hervey served in the Army of Mississippi and was killed at the battle of Shiloh.
Further research helped Hervey discover records of at least 100,000 black Confederates who fought in the war.
"I am marching for freedom," Hervey said. "The battle flag stands for freedom and states' rights. The U.S. flag is the flag of slavery. It flew over 100 years of slavery, and Native Americans were annihilated under that flag."
For his march, Hervey chose the site where a Confederate flag once stood, one of eight representing entities that have governed the Coast. Harrison County removed the flags because of protests over the Confederate flag, a racist symbol to many, flying on the public beach.
Hervey's crusade also has taken him to Jackson. In the Jackson City Council chambers June 13, Hervey showed up wearing his battle grays, wrapped in the flag. A scuffle erupted between a Jackson man, who said he supported Hervey, and a city councilman who exchanged words, according to published reports. Hervey was not involved in the shoving match.
Hervey sees a correlation between the past and today's controversies over the flag.
"We currently live under a psychological form of reconstruction," he said. "Whites are made to feel guilty for sins of their ancestors, and blacks are made to feel downtrodden. This keeps all of us from communicating. The political correctness of today is killing the pride of the people."
Hervey is the founder of the Black Confederate Soldier Foundation, an Oxford-based, not-for-profit organization. Its stated mission is to foster new thought on the Civil War. Claims that the Confederate flag is a racist symbol are, to the group, part of a nonissue. Black Confederates, the group says, have been misrepresented in historical texts.
Hervey wants to build a memorial that will include the names of the black Confederates who fought and died in the War Between the States.
As the Hervey brothers continued their march, shouts of support and anger could be heard from passing motorists. A group of young black men hanging from car windows shouted at the pair. Hervey instructed his brother to look forward "like a true soldier."
"Don't even look at them," Hervey said, citing the young men's behavior as an example of black psychology today.
"They will yell a lot and want you to confront them, but they will not do anything," Hervey said.
"I found it appalling what happened in South Carolina, and I'm afraid this is going to happen in Mississippi." Hervey said. "We seek only to correct the errors in history - to right the wrongs done to the memories of these brave soldiers.
the flag was originally created to be the battle flag of the C.S.A. after they broke away from the union.
the war everyone knows about about, the civil war, was the main battle where the flag was flown.
the civil war was over alot more than just slavery. fact general lee didnt even own a slave but the northern generals did. fact the south freed their slaves before the north. fact the slaves that were freed joined the confederate army willingly and were proud to fight with us. fact the us flag had more slavery under it than the confederate flag. fact some black people fly the confederate flag too.
there is more to the confederate flag than just what is pro-trade.
but they dont know he has black friends.