I'm a Canadian who immigrated to the U.S. That gives me a detached outsider's perspective on the calls to ban the Confederate flag in the wake of the Charleston mass murder.
In fact, I can give you five reasons why the rest of America shouldn't ban the "stars and bars."
First, in terms of sheer numbers, the Civil War was an American holocaust that should never be forgotten.
It also wasn't really about slavery anyway. It was about states' rights and secession.
And PS: Lincoln was a racist -- but most Americans aren't.