http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...people-questioned-says-Quentin-Tarantino.html Confederate flag is the 'American Swastika' and it's 'about damn time' people questioned it, says Quentin Tarantino Tarantino made the comment during an interview to promote his latest film The Hateful Eight, set after the civil war, highlights race relations in USA Country has seen racial unrest since 2014 shooting in Ferguson, Missouri Quentin Tarantino considers the Confederate flag the 'American swastika' - and feels it is 'about damn time' that people questioned its place in the American South. Tarantino's comment was made during an interview to promote his latest film, The Hateful Eight, which is due to hit the big screen on January 8 in the UK. The film is set a few years after the American Civil War and it puts the spotlight on strained race relations in the country. Scroll down for video Quentin Tarantino considers the Confederate flag the 'American swastika' - and feels it is 'about damn time' that people questioned its place in the American South In it, black Union soldier Major Marquis Warren, played by Samuel L Jackson, is thrown together with former Confederate soldiers, including Walton Goggins as a South Carolinian sheriff and Bruce Dern as a General. Although the movie is not about race, the subject is explored through the interactions between the characters. The United States has seen sustained racial unrest following the shooting of 18-year-old African American Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. Further incidents have stoked the fire, including the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, carried out by a white supremacist who had previously posed with the Rebel flag of the Confederate states. In the interview with The Telegraph, Tarantino said: 'All of a sudden, people started 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. 'And people are starting to question about stuff like statues of Bedford Forrest [the Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard] in parks. Well, it's about damn time, if you ask me.'