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|The mass media is dominantly northern Pvt, and so the mesage people get is from that view, much the same as how you mention the lost causers of the past. The history of the CBF is as a battle flag during the war. It was adopted because the first national flag of the confederate government looked too much like the US flag on a smoky battlefield.
The confederate battle flag is certainly offensive to some, and hate mongerers do still use it. That is how people view the flag today, in this negative context without the knowledge of the flags past. Not saying the knowledge would temper those views, or even that it should, but the lack of understanding of the flag and the civil war in general is alarming.