I am not particularly sensitive to it the message, but I understand the message. Same as I understand the Fish for Jesus, the Darwin Fish for Atheists, the Rainbow for the Gays and the weird cat stickers for the ladies at church.
I used to drive in LA, I get it.
|Means: Will drive slow, Wears a sweater in Summers and Will ignore your horn, so go ahead and toot away!|
For many southerns, it is this. Which is to say, not meant as offensive, just an indicator of heritage, like flying a state flag or College banner.
|Party: Nascar Style|
|College Game Day Flags in the background.|
For many younger people, it is this.
|Party: Southern Style|
I am sure Southerns don't mean it to stand for hate. But, in the same way people complain that Muslim don't condemn terror attacks (even though they really do), "we" never hear southerns say, those assholes that use the flag for hate and they should be condemned.