|Picture of the Confederate flag flying behind the Confederate Soldier Monument on the Statehouse Grounds in Columbia, SC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Your right to free expression has nothing to do with what a business decides to sell (or not sell) or with what symbols a local, state, or federal government decides to promote. This does not necessarily mean that businesses should stop selling items with the Confederate flag on them or that governments should remove the flag; it only means that these decisions do not have anything to do with your right to free expression. I'll attempt to highlight the relevant distinctions below.