I see the connection. The rebel flag belongs in a museum, with an explanation of what it symbolizes.
Agreed, and here's my suggestion in the form of a compromise, first and foremost revisionist history needs to be tossed in the trash bin, e.g. The Civil War (yes the Civil War
not the "War of Northern aggression or the "War between the States" because the Southern States violated the Constitution by committing an act of treason) was about retaining slavery; it was the central issue for secession even though there were other tertiary "State's Rights" arguments e.g. high protective tariffs and a national banking system. So, let's put the blame where it belongs, squarely on the shoulders of the Southern planter class who controlled the state legislatures. That being said, most of the soldiers who fought in the Southern Armies did NOT own slaves nor could they afford one. Descendants of those soldiers, and those who enjoy studying the history of the period no matter what their background deserve a place to do so. I propose the building of State museums dedicated to displaying artifacts of the former rebellion and placing the flags, statues and other memorabilia there. Some Southern (and Northern states for that matter) already have said museums. I've personally visited a few as well as most of the major battlefields where monuments abound, and there they should stay. These were dedicated by the survivors as memorials to their fallen comrades. Once again, I have no problem with that aspect of memorializing the participants of the War and not the reason for secession. It was after all a "lost cause" based on an antiquated and cruel pre-industrial system doomed to fail anyway, but it was a large piece of American History that was a pivotal point in further developing the U.S.