"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." ~ Thomas Jefferson
Were it not for that history, MAYBE the case could be made that it's all about history and southern pride and all that , but the fact is that flag became popular when states were defending Jim Crow and Federal attempts to roll back institutionalized, state sanctioned white supremacy.
People want to continue perpetuating this lie that the confederacy existed to do anything other than preserve slavery and enforce racist ideals that had become taboo even by the 1800s. However, they can't really dispute history or the amount of primary evidence that shows this to be nothing more than whitewashing.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK