With the reignited movement to remove confederate flags and statues and names, et cetera, I'm hoping one of you guys can tell me why you want to keep them. I have a tendency to be sarcastic, but please know this is a genuine question.
My great grandparents came to the United States from Norway and Germany in the late 1800's, about twenty years after the Civil War. They originally landed in Minnesota, (recognized the lack of quality pheasant habitat) and moved to homestead in South Dakota.
I'm trying to portray my culture in an accurate context and as a perfect example of not having ties to the Union or confederacy, I grew up viewing the confederacy as something not to be proud of. Sure, it isn't hard to see that there were good people who were born into a circumstance (as are all of us), did a lot of things in their life aside from war, but ultimately believed something strongly enough to fight other men to the death for it. And in that fight, they lost. And, yes, it was a fight over state's rights. A state's right to allow some humans to own other humans.
All that to say, why is it important to keep the confederate flag and statues?