The Confederate flag, that long contentious symbol thrust prominently into the news of late as New Orleans seeks to remove Confederate statues, is finding fans among Americans with little or no ties to the South, NPR reports.
The geography may be different, but the arguments are the same. Northerners who fly the Stars and Bars call it a symbol for states’ rights, a protest against federal over-reach and a shared nostalgia for days past.
Its opponents, however, point out that those “good old days” were built on a system of slavery that forever marks the flag a symbol of racism.
Nevertheless, Confederate flag sales are increasing on the other side of the Mason-Dixon line. Some attribute it to President Donald Trump’s popularity and a rise in nationalism across the country.
Read the NPR report here.