America was 13 colonies, each granted independence by the British; but the heritage of 6 of those colonies is not tolerated.
A recent prom photo of Colorado students posing behind a Confederate flag has created outrage, followed by the predictable apology.
That the South can trace back to Virginia Dare’s birth in 1587 and to the later successful Jamestown Settlement is apparently irrelevant. That slavery wasn’t banned in the Middle East until the early to mid 20th century and did not originate in the US South is ignored. American states were very different, decentralised until the unification of the 14th Amendment; but today that distinct heritage is oppressed.
The US was not always such a pleasant destination for immigrants. It had to first be colonised, developed from a wilderness. The heritage of those early colonists deserves respect. No society is perfect, and there is more to the South than a heritage of slavery.