For the people who are not aware of the origin of the confederate flag, let me drop some knowledge on you.
In March of 1861 the Confederate Congress adopted the Stars and Bars to serve as the battle flag of the confederate states. These states included, South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
As we fast forward to why the flag is so offensive, well here’s why. The Dixiecrat political party, founded in 1948, made up of white Southern Democrats who advocated for racial segregation, used the flag as their symbol to represent resistance to the federal government.
Basically, resistance to civil rights being granted to Black people. It has also been used throughout the decades by white supremacist groups, including the Ku Klux Klan and neo-nazis.
It wasn’t until 2000 when the NAACP has the flag removed from South Carolina’s capitol building. In 5 state, laws are in place to keep the flag flying high.
But in 2020 NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties on Wednesday, formally distancing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism. It was followed after Bubba Wallace, NASCAR, a Black driver, called this week for the banishment of the Confederate flag and said there was “no place” for them in the sport.