This ranks as one of the worst bad flags in existence. The nation it represented thankfully subsided into the sands of time more than 140 years ago. And yet is seen all over the United States. The design of the flag is not particular offensive, though it is quite derivative. The true badness of this flag comes in its symbolism.
The Confederate States of America (CSA) broke away from the United States in 1861 to preserve the practice of slavery, among other things. Though the CSA had several official flags in its short and wretched existence, the “stars and bars” was never one of them. It was derived in the 20th century from the Confederate Naval Ensign. Still, this flag represents the oppression of slavery nonetheless. Those who fly it are espousing the Confederate values of racial hatred.
Furthermore, the South lost the Civil War and had to give up the abhorent institution of slavery, though some still tried to prevent African Americans from voting and being a part of political society until 100 years later. It baffles me that people choose to fly it as a symbol of pride. It is a symbol of shame.
This insidious symbol has found its way into many modern flags, including the state flag of Mississippi. It was only removed from the flag of Georgia in 2003. It is flown at the South Carolina state capitol as a symbol of Southern “heritage.” Racism and intimidation is more like it.