I have so much that I would like to say to you, and so many other family and friends that have jumped on this recent up swelling of fervor directed at eradicating not only the flying of the Southern/Rebel/Confederate (take your pick, or add another) flag, but even almost turning into a lynch mob mentality, the same said people being the same ones that were waving their lighters at Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Molly Hatchet, Allman Brothers, Charlie Daniels, Pure Pararie League, Marshall Tucker Band, and Dixie Dreggs, plus so, so many other Southern Band's concerts,... almost to the point that it sounds like they're going to round up all of the remaining old Southern rockers, hang them from cross shape stakes, and burn them from a giant bonfire made up of all their old albums, that are ladened with all sorts of Southern symbols, and all of the old giant Confederate flag backdrops, and all of the other Southern themed concert paraphernalia. There were a lot of blacks at the concerts that I went to. I even got to witness 3 black guys beating the hell out of 1 white guy, and not a single one of these flag waving Southern rednecks were helping the guy out, even though the whites greatly out numbered the blacks, for some reason, the flag did not send all of the whites into a blind black hating fury. I have been naive most of my life, and I still can be quite so. I was totally blind to the plight of the black people for the first 15 years of my life, mainly because my Dad was over protective, and I never saw a single black person in any cotton field that I was ever in. All I ever saw in the cotton fields was me, and a whole bunch of other white people. I grew up loving the rebel flag, not because of my parents, because I don't think that it was ever mentioned. I just developed a sense of pride in being from the South, and I've always thought that it was one of the most beautiful flags in the world. Until I got older, I didn't associate it with anything other than being proud to be from the South. I also don't believe that it is we Southerners holding on to the Old South, as much as it is the northerners have held on to a somewhat rancid smugness, that makes us hold on to the flag to remind us that we weren't always on the same side as those assholes. Also, there might be some similarities in the reaction to the flags, but making a head to head comparison of the Confederate flag to the Nazi flag, is somewhat of a stretch.