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Hate to break it to you, but... by SweetlyCanada Hate to break it to you, but... by SweetlyCanada
EDIT 6/26/2015 - Initial Link to meaning of the flag was broken/dead. Replaced it with a better link until I can find the same information on a different link.
EDIT 7/7/2015 - Inital Link is working via WebArchives.
EDIT 7/8/2015 - Found a pretty good article with inspiring words from a Confederate Flag Supporter and what he is going to do and what he thinks about the situation. Link is down below.
EDIT 1/24/2016 - Changed the layout of Artist Comments.
EDIT 1/24/2016 - Added my little warning of my opinion (seeing as some people don't read the freaking artist's comments!)

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Recently (more like yesterday for me //shot) there has been renewed controversy over the Confederate flag being flown in many parts of the south, or rather, being present at all. This has started in aftermath of the Charleston church shootings. 
On June 20, several thousand people gathered in front of the South Carolina State House in protest. They claim the flag is racist and supports the oppression of black people. 
Now, because of everyone's complaining and whining, there is this whole rush to 'censor the Confederate flag' so to speak. For example, Wal-MartAmazon.comSears Holding Corporation (which owns Sears and Kmart), and eBay all announced plans to stop selling merchandise with the Confederate flag on.

In all honesty, I find that to be crap. 

For starters, this flag is a piece of history. Let me repeat; a piece of history
Designed by William Porcher Miles, the chairman of the Flag and Seal committee, this flag was rejected as the national flag in 1861. It was instead adopted as a battle flag by the Army of Northern Virginia under General Robert E. Lee. Not to mention the real name of this flag is actually 'the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia'. So it isn't exactly the Confederacy's national flag. And today even it is used as a symbol of Southern culture, not for the oppression of blacks. I mean, New England has a flag, but you don't see anyone saying "OMG DAT'S RACIST YOU RACIST MOTHAFUKA!!!!!!one!!!"

Secondly, not a lot of people care that the Confederate flag is flown. 
A 2011 Pew Research poll revealed that 30 percent of Americans have a negative reaction when they see the Confederate flag displayed (The Daily Sentinel). Now that isn't really a lot of people. If anything, that is only three-tenths of the population of the entire United States. Hell, I'm from Pennsylvania and you don't see me bitching about it, even though I am not a Southerner.

Lastly, the flag itself does not depict or have any really shown symbolism of racism or black oppression.
Don't believe me?
Look at the following links below:
Bullet; Red web.archive.org/web/2012062110…
Bullet; Red news.yahoo.com/history-of-the-…
Bullet; Red www.cullmantimes.com/news/alab…
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:iconvictorbrine:
Victorbrine Featured By Owner Edited Jun 18, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Heck that flag isn't actually the Confederacy's flag. That's actually the Confederacy's naval jack (used on boats only). Their real flag was once this: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… But when they saw it resembled the USA's flag and that it was often mistaken for the US' flag, it was changed to this (where their is this famous cross): media1.britannica.com/eb-media… But then it was too "surrender like" so they changed to this: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…

Liberals are too "snowflake" and "triggered". They are annoying.
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MattSteeletheVamp Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
its a cool looking flag
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stupid--kitty Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
apparently you cant get over you still lost though lmao
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SonPikachuBound2006 Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
See what I said? You're just some racist hillbilly who probably fucks their sister every night.
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SweetlyCanada Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  Student General Artist
Nope, I did not, nor do I give a crap. :D
Now go play in traffic, you troll. =P
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SonPikachuBound2006 Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bet the color brown pisses you off.
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SweetlyCanada Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Student General Artist
No, it doesn't, but I'm 110% the color white pisses you off. :D
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SonPikachuBound2006 Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cod you're lying!
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:iconsweetlycanada:
SweetlyCanada Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Student General Artist
Nope, no lies here. :)
Besides, who in their right mind get pissed off at a color? That's just a stupid thing to do.
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king-of-hydras Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Maybe you need a history lesson if you want to defend a flag that stands for slavery
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Edithel Featured By Owner 6 days ago
the confederate flag stands for southern heritage, and not slavery
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SonPikachuBound2006 Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
You do.

And it doesn't matter if your black, white or a fucking alien. If you disrespect me, I'm not gonna respect you.
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SweetlyCanada Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Student General Artist
More like you think I am.

And I'm not going to respect you either, seeing as you disrespected me first while I don't even know who you are.
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MissouriPatriot Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
My gosh, you're a hypocrite. You post this flag and yet you end up posting a picture burning the Rebel flag.
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SweetlyCanada Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Student General Artist
Only to piss you off, Elthi. ;)
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MissouriPatriot Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
Nice try. You've only made yourself look like a fool and a total hypocrite. ;)
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SweetlyCanada Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Student General Artist
Says the man who thinks I put his head on a sheep. :roll: Not to mention I am no supporter of the Confederate flag, for I don't even use the thing. I live in the Northeast, nor do I have any family members who fought for the Confederacy, so why would it be of any use to me? Or did that thought not come to your little brain? What I don't support, however, is people bitching and whining about a flag.

Jee, I wonder why the 'bitching and whining' part sounds like a certain man-child I am currently speaking to? :skeptical: 
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MissouriPatriot Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
Well, looks like I found a double hypocrite.
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SweetlyCanada Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Student General Artist
And I found the biggest hypocrite of all. And a very stupid one at that. The meme is intended to point to your hypocrisy. The person burning the flags is just a person in general. Why else wouldn't it have a face? Because no matter who the person is, you'd still be having a little tantrum like you are having right now. But I think it's already obvious that you can't even read between the lines of a message being portrayed through art.
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MissouriPatriot Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
You'd best look into a mirror first if you want to talk about hypocrisy. You post something of the southern cause and then you reveal the truth that you are a supporter of the northern cause. Also you turn right around and end up posting something burning the flag showing your double standards. What tantrum? You've made me laugh! LOL!
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SweetlyCanada Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Student General Artist
And here we go again. You only hearing what you wish you actually heard. I don't support either this 'northern cause' and 'southern cause' hat you are talking about. The only causes I support is that of logic and reason, something you obviously seem to lack.
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DragonKing24 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017
From what I learned slavery was only a branch/part of the cause of the civil war but the real cause was all about the north forcing their cultural identity on the south!
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yehudihasidi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
technically it's history
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of…
if it's offensive to you, go fuck yourself, nobody gives a fuck about your feelings.
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SweetlyCanada Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Student General Artist
Agreed.
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MajesticBandicoot Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly I'm not sure why this is such a big deal... if you don't like the Confederate flag, then just don't use it for anything. If you do like it and it's because you support slavery than there's clearly something wrong with you. If you like it for its historical content than you can have one. there problem solved
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koisun Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this phrase bc it's so ignorant lol
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ilikecookies23 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
I saw a minion meme of this 
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guillotine-d Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gross
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HxRose Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
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If you do not like this opinion, too bad, because this person is not changing their opinion just because you don't like it."
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corpruscat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
shut the fuck up 
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HxRose Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I don't agree with it either, but I read the description. I suggest you do so too, kid.
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corpruscat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
shut the fuck up
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HxRose Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
You even have a nice gallery, and good potential.

*sigh*

so narrow-minded.
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corpruscat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
i'm sorry i'm like this i'm not being very solemn 
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HxRose Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
It's quite alright.
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3oe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017
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yehudihasidi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
why aren't you dead
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3oe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
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yehudihasidi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
666
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3oe Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
komaedas a sjw and he burns a confederate flag every day
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yehudihasidi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
ikr
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corpruscat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
i can't believe i just saw this with my own eyes
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HxRose Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
":redalert: WARNING:redalert: 
Possibly unfavorable opinion coming through. If you do not like this opinion, please feel free to leave!
If you do not like this opinion, too bad, because this person is not changing their opinion just because you don't like it."
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corpruscat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
shut the fuck up 
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natthecat11 53 minutes ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Once again, criticising to prove you're right. It's really cute, actually."



natthecat11 is actually one of the Haters. They're the real hate-mob, the real racists, the real evil that divides and hurts so many others.

It's really pathetic when a retarded person tries to pretend to be smart, but ignores evidence that refutes EVERYTHING they believe;
comments.deviantart.com/1/5417…

More childish still when they can't discuss their beliefs in a logical manner. I really can't STAND illogical irrational ignorant twits like that. The education system may have failed them, but it's not the fault of the education system that these people REFUSE to check if any of their beliefs are false or not, REFUSE to verify any evidence, REFUSE to think for themselves.

No, that sort of behaviour is the kind demonstrated by an inherently dishonest person.

I don't like dealing with such evil malicious people. They pretend to themselves and everyone else that they're 'nice', but their real actions shout otherwise. Look into their soul, and it's a dark place, and no doubt they do terrible things, lying to other people, lying to themselves about it, and hurting others. They bully others online, and form little cliques to harass anyone and everyone not in their particular 'side' without caring for facts, evidence, logic, or whether it's good or bad - so they do a lot more harm. Then pat themselves on the back after hurting numerous other people with their tirade of lies and harassment.
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Generalobiwankenobi7 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you need a history lesson, because the Confederacy was built on the continuation and expansion of slavery. Not to mention this flag became the symbol of white supremacists and segregationists throughout the US.
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
Not at all true. You're just repeating old propaganda that's continued to be shovelled out for a century. The Union didn't abolish slavery either for the length of the war. Slaves were still being used in Washington to fix buildings, and several of the Northern states also had slavery. In 1861, when Gen. John Fremont (who was commanding the Union occupation of Missouri, and who had a much better antislavery record than Lincoln) issued an order that freed some (not even all) slaves in Missouri, Lincoln fired Fremont and rescinded the order.

The war wasn't about slavery, that bullshit was just the propaganda claims, it was really about MONEY, just like most wars.
 

Lincoln declared slaves free in places where he had no legal authority, but in those areas where he did have legal authority, he did nothing to free those slaves. The Emancipation Proclamation deliberately ignored slavery in the North. There were 300,000 slave-holders on the Union side. Union General Ulysses S Grant kept his slaves until well after the War ended. Union soldiers were permitted to confiscate slaves in rebel territory and put them to work for the Union army; still as slaves, they didn't "free" them. The Union had laws preventing “free” black people from actually getting rights as citizens. Two acts of the USA Congress were passed during the Civil War, one in 1864 and one in 1866, which allowed slave-owners whose slaves enlisted or were drafted into the Union military to file a claim against the Federal government for loss of the slave’s services. In areas loyal to the Union, slaves were not emancipated until 3 years AFTER the war.

 

The Confederate Battle Flag has also been used in the logos of anti-racism and anti-war groups, and was really popular in this purpose during the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

www.fetchnflip.com/BLACK%20PAN…

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The KKK at it's height used the USA flag far more often

www.rulen.com/kkk/kkkflag3.jpg

www.rulen.com/kkk/kkkflag6.jpg

www.rulen.com/kkk/kkkflag7.jpg



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kirbyfan2377 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"You're just repeating old propaganda". Like the Democrat propaganda that tries to say that the south was the bad guys when in reality all of the governors in the south states were DEMOCRATS and the Republican party formed to the opposition of slavery. You might say, but the northern democrats weren't racists, but democrat governors from the north were for the spread of slavery among the western states too. I forgot the name of the governor for now. 
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
I've noticed that the Democrats have always pretended to be "for the people" but it seems to mean for just using them.
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