Why Are They Controversial?
Many defenders of Confederate symbols say they are not meant to memorialize slavery. They instead say that symbols such as the Confederate “battle flag” commemorate the region’s history and culture.
The Confederate Flag
Take the Confederate flag for instance. Supporters of the flag view it as a symbol of ancestry and heritage. To them, it represents a cultural tradition of the South that is very different from the rest of the U.S. However, for many Americans, the flag is a representation of slavery, hatred and white supremacy.