As a nation finally confronts the truth about the Confederate flag, we join together to tear a hateful symbol down
By Heather Cox Richardson
If a symbol is just a symbol, then replacing your Confederate flag or Indian mascot with a substitute should be no problem. The fact that it is a problem for you proves it's more than a symbol.
For more on the Confederate flag, see Redskins Mascot = Confederate Flag and Confederate Flag vs. Other Flags.