The Rebel Flag, commonly referred to as The Confederate Flag, is mainly recognized as a symbol of the South and was formerly used to represent resistance to Northern political dominance. The significance of the flag remains controversial, because of disagreements over the nature of its depiction and what it represents.
Supporters of the flag, mostly White southerners, see it simply as a symbol of heritage and pride. Opponents to the flag, consisting mostly of African Americans, view it as a blatant sign of racism because of the Southern states resistance to racial desegregation. The use of the flag by certain racists and hate groups, such as the Neo-Nazis as part of their symbolism, compounds the controversy and its disapproval.