Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, still under fire for remarks he made about police officers in a November protest, told a UK newspaper last week that he considered the Confederate flag a symbol of evil.

Discussing the racial strife that engulfed the country this year, Tarantino told The Telegraph, “All of a sudden, people starting talking about the Confederacy in America in a way they haven’t before. I mean, I’ve always felt the Rebel flag was some American swastika.”

Continuing, the director expressed support for the movement against Confederate symbolism. “People are starting to question about stuff like statues of Bedford Forrest in parks. Well, it’s about time, if you ask me.”

Tarantino isn’t exactly out on a limb with these sentiments; liberals have seized upon the Confederate flag with vicious enthusiasm since the Charleston church massacre. Many have gone well beyond questioning the flag or statues of KKK leaders; even the reputations of non-Confederate Americans like Thomas Jefferson have been tarnished in the ongoing witchhunt.

It’s not clear what will be accomplished by taking a cosmic vacuum cleaner to these statues and memorials. Some liberals insinuate that by celebrating the Confederacy, the South perpetuates the violent racism that Charleston killer Dylann Roof embodied. Adherents to this ludicrous theory believe that by removing statues of Robert E. Lee, we can somehow eliminate racism as a result. This is so fundamentally stupid that it hardly deserves a response, except to mention that racism existed long before the Confederate flag did.

The other argument – that we should raze these symbols because they’re offensive to African-Americans – is much more seductive, given this country’s love of political correctness. Even many conservatives have fallen into this trap. After all, is there anything so important about the Confederate flag that it’s worth making an entire race of people uncomfortable? Are we losing anything of value if we just go with the flow on this one?

The problem with that (well, one among several) is: Where does it end? Democrats have already shown an appetite for sacrificing their own heroes, including former presidents Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson. Can blacks demand the wholesale erasure from history any man who can be smeared with the taint of racism? What does our country become when we conclude that it was forged in a cauldron of evil?

Perhaps it would be more productive (progressive, even) to teach a version of American history that allows for shades of gray. One where the Confederacy is not akin to Nazi Germany, the founding fathers were not infallible gods, and slavery was a black mark on a nation that has tried – year by year – to be a little better than it was before. By embracing a nuanced, realistic view of history, we can appreciate the great men of the past without denying their sins. Isn’t that significantly better than pretending they didn’t exist? Or that their monumental accomplishments are somehow made meaningless by slavery?

But that would require modern Americans to think, which is apparently too much to ask.