Summary: Portraying the Old South in a positive manner is anathema the social engineers.
There was a time in America when social engineers employed eugenics to eradicate those it deeemed unacceptable. Common tools were steriization and castration.
21st century eugenists employ a similar strategy to purge society of undisirables: Stigmatization and ostracization.
The Confederate flag, once a staple of Dixe pride, has been stigmatized as an emblem of evil rather than an icon of Southern heritage. Even 'General Lee', the car used in the 'Dukes of Hazzard' TV sitcom, was banned from appearing at a recent NASCAR event.
People are also victims of 21st-century eugenics.
Advocates of tolerance will not tolerate anyone who wavers from multicultural orthodoxy. Though not illegal, the punishment for saying (or just 'being') out of line with diversity's dictates is severe. Recall the punishment received by Don Imus. The radio talkster dared notice that black women have nappy hair and, in a moment of levity, used the phrase 'nappy-headed hos." There was no arrest warrant, no investigation, and no trial before peers. Rather, Imus was effectively lynched by a national mob of intolerant eugenicists hell-bent on purging society of their concept of undesirables.
A most recent target of intolerance is the vivacious TV personality, Paula Deen.
Deen's crime is that her cooking specialty reflects the Old South. Her Southern drawl, personal appeal and kitchen talent place her on a par with one considered 'feebleminded' in the 1920s.
Deen has been sued. Her crime is being a racist. The evidence points to her desire to host a plantation-sytle wedding reminiscent of a Shirley Temple movie.
Historical symbols and beloved personalities seem to be the preferred targets of those wishing to eradicate America's traditional cultures. The tragedy is, they are succeeding. And anyone who dares oppose them is promptly labeled a 'racist'.