Along the Charleston, SC, coast is a beached boat commonly referred to as the Folly Boat. It was beached there during Hurricane Hugo and has become a sort of landmark. Now anti-Confederate Flag activists want it re-branded.
The self-centered mindset of those who take offense to the Virginia battle flag - commonly referred to as the "Confederate Flag" - sees only one aspect of history: slavery. Of course, anyone with even a cursory understanding of history understands that the VBF has so much more to its meaning.
While slavery was injected into the US Civil War, it was not the main reason for the secession of the South. The main reasons were economic-based and had to do with the sovereignty of the individual states, i.e. state's rights.
The VBF also represents the 260,000 lives lost on the Confederate side alone. Many more were wounded, maimed and otherwise scarred by the war. The economy of the South was devastated, but under the idea of "the South will rise again," the South rebuilt and now prospers, some say better than many of the industrial centers in the North.
The point is, that by the activists' actions, they are erasing a critical and legitimate party of American history and facilitating the re-branding of the truth of history with a false-narrative meant to skew the accuracy of history, all for the sake of "feelings."
"Feelings," or the intent not to hurt anyone's feelings, cannot trump the truth of history. And each time an activist erases the VBF; each time they remove a monument to the truth of history or a historical figure, they are doing exactly what the Islamic State does when they destroy ancient artifacts they believe present an affront to their idea of religion.
History must stand, regardless of feelings. It is the only way we can continue to learn from the past.