So in other words, some people are still bitter about losing a war that should never have happened to begin with, and pride in the ideology that caused it. So to them, keeping that reprehensible flag flying over state capitals and city squares and maintaining monuments to confederate “heroes” is a matter of inspiration for the “South to rise again”.
I was born in Georgia (where my family history is rooted), grew up in South Carolina, and graduated HS in 1980, so I am not far off from you. I knew people who boasted their membership in the KKK (they were young and didn’t get that they weren’t supposed to brag, at least according to one person I knew). My education in _school_ was not short on the truth of history. But people’s education from their families is where this stuff is taught. Until those people have a reason to believe school over family, I’m afraid our age of “alternative facts”, and the president who perpetrates and perpetuates that notion, is not going to help change anyone.
So, while this context is interesting, it is kind of irrelevent. Even in this light it is not kinda hard to be angry at least about the ideologies that drive this need to remember their pride in a war that should never have happened and their need to remind others of their beliefs. These monuments and the white supremicists who fight for them are not looking for empathy or equality. They, as they did in the Civil War, want conquest.