From my point of view I think this is something easy to do that makes the politicians feel better. Indeed we cannot legislate tolerance. I can tell you, living here we see the "stars and bars" a lot. I can't imagine having a reenactment without it. That does not mean that I'm insensitive to racism that exists but getting rid of the flag will not change that. Taking a line from South Pacific - you have to be 'carefully taught" when it come things like racism. We would be better off working with children to make an impact of how we view each other. The Civil War is over and we ALL have to get over it.
You are on the mark there. My point is that in an age when a white woman is black simply because she says she is, when a male triathlete can declare himself at woman, when terrorists aren't really terrorists - we are trending down a very confused path. It concerns me to think of the twisted messages that we are giving our youth and, as you stated, it takes careful learning and understanding to make people who they are - not the removal of a flag.
To glean the knowledge available from our history is not possible if we continue to change or "delete" certain aspects of that history. We are now witnessing several prominent American politicians touting the virtues of Islam, while many Muslims still practice slavery, stoning and mutilation. Things just can't be the way you wish them to be to serve the requirements of a specific moment or incident.
Some of this nonsense is because many of our "leaders" may know little or nothing about management, roll modeling or integrity - but they all got A+ in marketing!