The number of states that allow vehicle owners to request a state issued license plate with a Sons of Confederate Veterans logo which incorporates the square Confederate battle flag.
The number of states that in America that use a variation of, or parts of, the Confederate flag as their state flag.
This should be the number of states that are allowed to continue to use this flag, which symbolizes slavery, racism, and treason. These states fly their flags high, notably on capitol buildings, as a symbol of pride and history.
The horrific shootings in Charleston, S.C., an act of not only racism but domestic terrorism, do not necessarily have a direct link to the Confederate flag. You can argue, though, that this flag plays a part in the deep-rooted racism that is especially prevalent in pockets of the south.
In fact, while other flags flew at half-staff at the capitol building in South Carolina, the Confederate flag still flew high above the others after the shooting.