What is the big deal with the flag? Does it represent Slavery? Not entirely. It represents Southern heritage and culture - of which unfortunately, part of it was slavery. Slavery is long gone. Does racism still exist today - of course it does. Look no further than the White House. However, the Bars and Stars represent the quintessential Southern culture - which is distinct and unique to other parts of our country. Not everyone with a flag in their yard or on their truck is racist - they are just proud southerners - of which I am one.