I was raised in NJ within which the “Rebel Flag” was just “Hey I’m not like you”. Didn’t mean much really beyond that.
Come down to Florida, early 00s to today and wow, what a difference in that flag. Stuff I learned in NJ schools that was considered “out of date” / “old fashioned” / “long ago conquered” were alive and well around here.
No outright evil just lots of little things here and there that surprised me — and where I’m at isn’t even deep south.