looks to be coming from people who generally disdain, don't understand, and don't want to understand the people who live in areas and/or are of a contemporary culture that they dislike. Seems to me its more about simply throwing stones at the "other" than it is about any notion of outrage at symbolizing a slavery
I fully agree with you.
To add, this will likely push more people to racism, as "these carpetbaggers coming over and trying to erase our identity and out history" will play out all over South. Moderates, who care about southern identity will be pushed into supremacists hands as these are viewed as a response.