A conscious bias against the Confederate flag

America seems to have a more divisive tone now compared to recent years. New Orleans has seen protests spark over the removal of Confederate monuments. Images are all around us with one that seems to have people quite divided — the Confederate flag.

I often have a sense of curiosity when I see this flag flown on people’s front porch, flag pole or on their car. I wonder if the person is from the Deep South and proud of their Southern roots? Are they racist and support the heritage of slavery? After all, this same flag was taken off of the General Lee from “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Yet, until 2015, it was still flying high at the South Carolina State Capital from which it was flown since the 100th anniversary of the Civil War. Whereas in Mississippi, it is incorporated into the state flag and flies high today.

When I looked into this further, there are several polls looking at society’s view on this flag. Many Americans view the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern pride. However, when viewed upon along racial lines, a different story is told. There are 17 percent of African Americans and 66% of Caucasians who think that it is a symbol of Southern Pride. Conversely, 72% of African Americans and 25% of Caucasians think it is symbolic of racism.

Before reading the polls, how would I know any of this? I have a conscious bias against the Confederate flag.

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