The confederate flag is a controversial symbol. To some people it represents southern heritage. To others, it is a symbol of hate and racism.
What it means has changed over time and can depend on who you are and where you come from. And to further complicate this, there wasn’t just one confederate flag–there were dozens. And the flag we’ve come to know as the confederate flag has a history as complicated as it is contentious.
So what does the confederate flag actually symbolize??
In this video, we track the history of the confederate flag, from its beginnings as a battle flag, to its absorption into popular culture, and its divisive association with slavery, segregation, and the KKK.