The Confederate flag was a battle flag. It was never a national flag. The CSA never adopted it.
The Confederate battle flag represents a spirit independence, courage, family and good times.
"Racism and bigotry are to be despised and abhorred."
For most southerners, the Confederate flag is about heritage and pride. It is not about hate and it is not about prejudice.
Hatred in the heart is the devil's doing. It is not brought on by a flag.
Trying to erase our past will not prevent further senseless acts of violence. People who want to kill are not going to stop because of a flag.