People making the argument that African Americans believe the confederate flag is racist are committing the exact stereotyping that they claim to fight against by making the blanket statement about what members of a particular ethnic group think.
Such statements are proven to be stereotyping the moment one member breaks the stereotype the group is being boxed into.
Here are a few examples. There are thousands of African Americans on record as having the same opinion as what is shown below.
Many African Americans do not believe the confederate flag means “racism”.
However, in any demographic, there are always varying opinions, so naturally some do associate it with racism.
Why does one group have the right to force their definition of the confederate flag upon everyone in the nation?
The Supreme Court, as a byproduct of the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, said that marriage cannot be defined solely as a man plus a woman who are open to children. The byproduct of their decision requires the definition of marriage to mean whatever someone wants it to mean, and prevents it from being defined the way any one, or even a majority of people define it. Simply stated, the decision prevents exclusivity where definitions of objects and systems are concerned.
That is now case law and can be used to win other court cases.
When this same exclusivity prevention is applied to the confederate flag, it is not just for one group of people, who claim the flag “means racism” from pushing that definition onto America. The supreme court said the opposite in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision. They said the definition or meaning of an object or system must be whatever someone wants it to mean.
Pushing the definition that the confederate flag means racism, and removing it based on that definition violates the very case law created as a result of Obergefell v. Hodges.
America cannot have it both ways. Either definitions are whatever we want them to be, and they are all inclusive or they are not, and objects and systems have clear and specific definitions.
You cannot have it both ways. The system breaks down. Which way do you want it?
If definitions can me anything then Obergefell v. Hodges must stand and the confederate flags controversy must stop because the flag means whatever someone wants it to mean and it cannot be purged.
If definitions are fixed, meaning objects and systems have a defined meaning, then since the definition of marriage means X anything outside of X cannot be called marriage and the issue is not a matter of discrimination because it doesn’t fit the definition. Likewise the confederate flag means Y and those who want it to mean something else need to create a different flag, and ascribe a new meaning to it so as to not distort the meaning of the confederate flag which is Y.