Top Definition
If you ever see someone fly this flag it means that that that person is a redneck and that that person is proud of their southern heritage. It does not, however, mean that that person is a racist.
My cousin flys the rebel flag.
by Jnelsonmarka October 05, 2006
22 more definitions
Photos & Videos
The rebel flag was the flag of the Confederate States of America. A lot of people are offended by rebel flags because they believe they symbolize racism. Quite the contrary. I like rebel flags, but I am not racist. The Civil War erupted over states' rights, not slavery. The South was mostly people in favor of states' rights, and the North was mostly people who wanted the national government to have more power over the states. Please, learn your history before you judge.
The rebel flag symbolizes states' rights.
by GAgrl93 October 03, 2009
Dressed in Confederate gray, a black man named Anthony marched with the banner clutched in his hands. His brother, Harry, accompanied him, wearing jeans and a Robert E. Lee T-shirt.

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 rebel flag is not a racist symbol assholes
by toyota man January 15, 2009
The confederait battle flag that is proudly waved by southern people to show there proud of southern heritage. it is NOT a racist flag!
Hey look at drew waving the rebel flag showing his pride of the south
by john April 05, 2004
The Rebel flag is the flag that was used by the Confederate States of America, as you should probably know. Many find it racist becuase the Confederates were for slavery but it is NOT racist. Confederates freed slaves that enlisted in their army and didnt force them. Most black Confederates were proud to fight for them. Confederates freed their slaves 5 years before the union did. Also there was slavery under the U.S. flag a lot longer than under the Rebel flag. The U.S. flag was hanging on the ships that shipped slaves and not the Rebel flag. And by the way... the civil war wasnt only fought over slavery, there were more issues and differences.
" look at that redneck with his rebel flag, what a racist"

" 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'
by NealOrNoNeal May 13, 2009
the rebel flag, also known as the confederate flag, has nothing to do with racism. yes the klan, skin heads, and other white supremeness groups use the flag but they are the ones that gave the flag a bad name.

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.
look at that redneck and his rebel flag, he must be a racist.

but they dont know he has black friends.
by rebel life October 24, 2011
The rebel flag is often used to show southern pride, and pride in ones southern heritage. However, it is also used as hate symbol for racism and white supremacy. In this, it is similar to the swastika, Which falsely known as belonging to the Nazis. For all these reasons, it's considered unwise to fly the rebel flag.
"Billy had a shirt with the rebel flag, he is a racist."
by FutShick April 02, 2014

Free Daily Email

Type your email address below to get our free Urban Word of the Day every morning!

Emails are sent from We'll never spam you.