Did the Confederate Flag Matter in 2008? Some experimental research suggests that it may have. A team of researchers from Florida State University found that when people were primed with a Confederate Flag, they were less likely to say they would vote for Barack Obama than those who were primed with a neutral symbol. Further, those who were forced to view the flag were more likely to hold "anti-black sentiments among whites, regardless of their stated beliefs on racial issues."
This seems to me to be a very important study and one that should be getting more media attention. Other than the Miller-McCune article I liked to above, I can't find anyone else covering it. Especially during the anniversary of the Civil War, this seems like a newsworthy and relevant article. And, it sure raises a bunch of questions about the placement of the Confederate Flag on the SC State House grounds (for a great picture of the flag in SC, click here).