Dear sweet merciful Gods please please please stop calling it the "Confederate Flag". It is the Rebel flag. Or, if you want to get very technical with it, it's appropriate name is "The Stainless Banner".
Partial credit here: The flag under discussion was only the primary design element of the flags the CSA used for most of its existence. The Stainless Banner would actually be the second flag of the CSA, adopted in 1863 (see the first image in consortium11's post above).
I am sick to death of no one actually researching to figure out just what exactly they are offended of. That battle flag is part of American history. I've seen blacks wearing t-shirts with it on them. I've seen blacks waving it just like whites. If we start banning everything that offends people soon we won't be able to open our freaking mouths to speak.
Next time you want to tell us we're all getting it wrong, you might want to make sure you've got it right. And... and did you seriously just pull the "[The flag has] a black friend" argument with a straight face? Further: No matter how many times people pretend otherwise, you won't find many people in this thread wanting to ban it outright. I'm all for people being able to display it as private citizens. I don't think governments should endorse the message for which it has come to stand.
Old Glory who is responsible for the deaths of many Native Americans.
Old Glory who is responsible for slavery going on for over a hundred years.
Old Glory who is responsible for the deaths and injuries of many African-Americans after the civil war(remember Martin Luther King days?)
Old Glory who had many active groups of the KKK using it and recognizing it as the national symbol other than the 'Confederate Flag.'
A Confederate flag that only reign four years receives more hate than an American Flag which has the longest history of blood and tyranny on its hands. Give me break.
I wasn't aware that slavery and the US policy of native genocide were ongoing in the 1960s. I certainly wasn't aware that the modern American flag was popularized as a rallying banner for racists, or adopted by governments as an endorsement of racism and a statement of defiance against equality.
Wait, it wasn't? So the two aren't even remotely comparable? I am shocked.
You do realize it has been used in WWII by southern soldiers, maybe you should scan up some pages on notes to those involvements.
Also the US is not as clean handed as you try to promote it. Have you forgotten the nuking of Japan, twice? Have you forgotten American stealing land from Mexico and now is against immigrants crossing the border? Have you forgotten how US stole Hawaii? America invades and takes land, it is okay; but for other countries that do it(when we involve ourselves) it isn't.
Edit: Also on the Nazi-Germany thing. Russians already would of had them beat, all we did was stole a victory from them on that end. The German army was not use to invading the colder climates. To say America was the main victors in that battle is a jest.
All right. Let me try to make the difference explicitly clear: America has done questionable things. It is not, at its core, all about
questionable things, in the way that the CSA was, at its core, all about
slavery, or the segregationist movement was all about