The Confederate flag has been a hotly debated symbol of heritage or
hate in the United States. In 2015, 54 per cent of Americans polled
saw the flag as a symbol of ‘Southern pride’ whereas 34 per cent saw
it as racist. However, 27 per cent of Whites compared to 69 per cent
of Blacks saw the flag as racist. In this article, I suggest how instructors
can better explain this controversial topic within an America
society that is ‘post-race’. First, I describe an opening activity to get
students thinking about symbolism through flags. Next, I present a
lecture that debunks myths about the flag’s meanings by presenting
its factual history. Finally, I describe an open debate activity to
complete the discussion and comprehension of the confederate flag.
Student responses suggest that these lesson plans lead to a better
understanding of its symbolism and its relationship to the continuing
significance of racism in the U.S.