With NFL officials from New York and football teams from Pittsburgh and Phoenix about to march on Tampa, the Sons of Confederate Veterans have vowed this:
The 1,800-square-foot confederate battle flag shall rise again.
The flag flies near the intersection of I-4 and I-75 just east of Tampa. It’s part of a memorial to Confederate veterans.
Many in the South look at the Confederate battle flag as merely harking back to a period of history, of their ancestry. Many also see it as freedom of expression.
African-Americans see it as a symbol of slavery.
Most of the time, however, the Stars and Bars comes out in response to some racial issue, usually when the perception is that African-Americans are being favored to whites. It was extensively used in the South to terrorize African-Americans and those who sought to aid them.