i'd disagree. hell, "the dukes of hazzard" had the damn thing on the roof of their car, i never ever ever ever ever ever heard them be racist. if you believe one cannot exist without the other then yes, it's a racist statement - but if you're that extreme, a LOT of things are racist statements and you're probably looking for them. it's a flag that represented *a lot* of things and in the end, it's only remembered because the south had slaves and lost the civil war and the bitterness around that very topic. i don't condone racism - ever. but the confederate flag wasn't just about slavery - not at all. if that's all you see then odds are it's probably all you're looking for.