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A flag that's usually flown in the south, most of the time flown to represent southern pride and heritage, but sometimes is flown to represent white power and racism.
"Those who fly the Confederate Flag for southern pride are cool, those who fly it for white power should be sodomized by hitler down in hell."
by My name April 30, 2005
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A common misconception would be that the red field (red part of the flag) with the blue "X" and white stars in the blue field. This flag is really the Confederate BATTLE flag, it was flown when an army or navy unit (the Confederate Air Force did not yet exist) when that usit was going into battle. A slightly modified version of this flag (being a square and not a rectangle). This modified flag was flown by the famous Army of Northern Virginia.

The flag of the Confedrate States of America is pretty close to the flag of the United States of America with a few differances. First of all it only has 7 stars in a circular pattern and only 3 stripes (2 red and 1 white).
The Confederate Battle Flag and the flag of the Confererate States of America are often confused.
by IrishRepublicanArmy December 10, 2003
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What is today called "The Confederate Flag" or "The Confederate Battle Flag" is actually a combination of the colours of the Army of Northern Virginia battle flag with the design of the Second Confederate Navy Jack.
Despite it never having historically represented the CSA (Confederate States of America) as a nation, this 'flag' has become a widely recognized symbol of the South.

According to Civil War historian and native Southerner Shelby Foote, the flag traditionally represented the South's resistance to Northern political dominance.
The original (i.e. Civil War era) "resistance to Northern political dominance" was the same as the cause of the American Civil War - the southern states lack of faith in the United States government after sweeping victory of the Republican party in the 1860 elections, including the election of Abraham Lincoln as president.

More specifically, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, and Texas each issued formal declarations of the causes of their secession, each of which identified the threat to slaveholders’ rights as either the dominant cause or a major cause of their secession.
The other seceding states also expreseed similar views.

During the Civil Rights Movement, the focal point of "resistance to Northern political dominance" was the fight against desegregation.

Since the issue of racial slavery was deeply intertwined with the causes of the formation of the CSA and since strong opposition to the Civil Rights Movement and strong support for continued segregation was primarily centered in the southern areas that were the CSA, it is difficult to not see the 'Confederate flag' as having some connotations of slavery and racism.

After the Battle of Okinawa a Confederate flag was raised over Shuri Castle by a soldier from the self-styled "Rebel Company" (Company A of the 5th Marine Regiment). It was visible for miles and was taken down after three days on the orders of General Simon B. Buckner, Jr. (son of Confederate General Simon Buckner), who stated that it was inappropriate as "Americans from all over are involved in this battle". It was replaced with the Stars and Stripes (i.e. the American flag).
Some comments from a couple some guys who should be considered most knoweldgable about the Confederate Flag and its origins/purpose.

Confederate States Vice President Alexander Stephens: The cornerstone of the CSA government would "rest upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery β€” subordination to the superior race β€” is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth."

Confederate States President Jefferson Davis: β€œFrom at least the time of the American Revolution, white southerners defined their liberty, in part, as the right to own slaves and to decide the fate of the institution without any outside interference.”

Confederate States President Jefferson Davis: The secession crisis had been created by the Republican Party's failure "to recognize our domestic institutions {a thinly veiled reference to slavery} which pre-existed the formation of the Union or {to recognize} property which was guarded by the Constitution."
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This flag is actually the 5th battle flag of the conferacy. Many people claim that this flag represents ricism and hatred. If this is so then why are'nt the other 4 flags generally considered racist. Because groups of asshole, hateful, racist people stole our heritage, i.e. our flag, to use for their movements which are motivated by fear and ignorance. The people who should be chastised are the one's stealing other peoples heritage and symbolic property.
I can't believe that these racist pig KKK guys are using the confederate flag for their rally. They should have the right to rally in this free country of ours; but they should be jailed for using a symbol of my heritage, which I consider sacred property, for their hateful purposed
by Dougo April 05, 2004
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A Red white and blue fag with a similar design to that of the American Flag, flown by the CSA, it's meaning is what you make of it although there has been some scrupulation to the legitimacy of the "heritage" of the flag, it remains a powerful symbol of the South-Eastern United States. Civil War (1861-1865)
After the civil war, a new law prescribed that 75% of a states male population would need to take the pledge to defend America, however less than 10% in most cases actually did, and these states were readmitted into the union, not necessarily of thier own volition but of the volition of the US.
by Japanadan October 08, 2004
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The confederate flag isnt a symbol for slavery, its simply representing the South. Which they used in the Civil War which was over MANY other things, than just slavery. And for all you people who say its racist, go to the South, you'll see just as many black people wearin the flag as whites. Its just pure heritage.
Southerns proudly fly their Confederate flags everywhere.
by country heart November 30, 2006
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