Its like black people using the N word.
If they use it, its not bad anymore.
Southerns were trying to "Own" the Symbol, so that it wasnt bad anymore.
Its a form of guilt, really.
Deny the slavery thing, or tone it down, throw out some stuff about State Rights and "Second America Revolution" and Lincoln being the devil, and be REALLY Hostile about it.
Nevermind that the leaders of the CSA and pro-secessionists talked about preserving slavery, nevermind that it was written in their constitution multiple times
Guh, I dont even want to talk about the Civil War anymore.
The problem with the symbol isnt that normal healthy minded people use it, the problem is that its used for all the wrong things
Whats funny is the Klan didnt really use this flag untill the 1950s, before that they used Uncle Sam, and the American flag among other American symbols.