They'll probably leave out that roughly 20% of the boots on the ground at the time were Loyalists. For those historically challenged, Loyalists were colonists who took the side of the redcoats.
Apparently, about one in 5 of everyone that tells ya of their looooong
line of American lineage has a pants on fire problem.
By all rights up to 20% of Americans capable of tracing their familial roots to Revolutionary times should shake out to be what we would call, losers. We don't. But only because A) as a whole we're pretty shitty at knowing/understanding history and 2) Loyalists got to the 'bidness of lickin' their wounds and assimilating, (or movin' to Canada/hoppin' the boat back to England) and not to the 'bidness of holding onto a symbol of their traitorous beliefs and behaviors. In short they had the good fuckin' sense to stop drawing attention to their participation with the loser side of history.
...And that's the part of the confederate flag debate I've never understood.
For the life of me I can't grasp the concept of highlighting loser endeavors and affiliations. There's a reason Coke doesn't remind us about New Coke, Ford isn't pushin' hard to feature the Pinto as part of their corporate heritage and the Cubs don't have a big ass mural devoted to the '19 scandal team in the outfield.
That anyone would choose to hitch their heritage to the most spectacular attempt of sedition in our nation's history is
The fact that 150 years after the end of the Civil War the confederate flag, the official symbol of a failed insurrection, is still so widely and popularly displayed leaves me only to assume that somewhere there's a large contingent of those who do fly a confederate flag who are also probably involved in petitioning for a National Benedict Arnold Day and in the push for Aaron Burr to replace Hamilton on the $10.