Since When Do Educated People Support Erasing History It is unbelievable to me that, in this day and time, there is such a movement to destroy, rename, and cover up reminders of our history. It should be obvious to anyone who has been following news coverage that, to some at least, the flag represents pride and heritage, and they feel very strongly about it even to this day. Others claim to be offended by it, but why? It is not flown anywhere as a sign of disrespect but rather as a nod to a painful but significant part of our history. There will always be deranged people, of all races, on the fringe of society that spread hate toward anyone different from themselves, like some of the young men caught on camera during the riots in Baltimore threatening any white people who dared to drive by, and do terrible things such as the recent church shooting by an obviously troubled young man who was willing to kill 9 human beings with no remorse. But, surely, today everyone could agree that mainstream, publicly accepted racism is a thing of the past. We have people from every racial background in positions from the poorest to the most powerful people in the country. It is ridiculous to be having all of this controversy over a flag that has long been accepted as a reminder of the past, which did undeniably occur and have a tremendous impact on all those involved, but it is absurd to be talking about removing memorials, statues, and renaming roads more than 150 years after the war ended. In truth, there were probably many people on either side of the war that did things worthy of a statue or some form of eponymic honor, and, although the rights of the national government to prohibit slavery was definitely a big factor in causing the civil war, it would be ludicrous to think that a half million "Americans" fought and died for one reason, especially given the fact 95% of the population did not have the means to own farm-land or slaves.