I am not from the South, but I do sympathize with the Southerners who feel a great pride in their particular American culture. I voted yes, in the poll, because I do feel it's legitimate for our country, as a whole, to consider the Confederate battle flag as symbolic of a pro-slavery attitude.....whether or not the Southerners agree with that sentiment. That flag cannot be separated from the fact that the entire USA was involved in either the preservation of slavery, or abolishing it.....and that flag is 1/2 of the equation. I can see the "Southern Pride", and I think that is wonderful.....but, the flag they choose to emphasize it's importance to that culture is misaligned in the universal meaning. So, why don't the Southerners come up with another flag, or symbol to express the pride they feel? Why must it be THAT flag? Of course, it has been that way for many years......but, they surely must see that it's divisive, and not good for the well-being of the country, as a whole.