It does seem that Mr. Nugent did not help "The Cause" any by his actions. Whether he was honest, or whether it was a staged act is something I can not determine from this article. But as a whole I would say that he didn't do the Confederate Flag justice as far as giving it the Honor that it deserves, in my opinion.
What many people now days tend to overlook in todays politically correct climate, is that the display of the Confederate Flag by the protesters in the 1957 Central High Crisis at Little Rock was not so much a thing against the nine Blacks, who were attending Central High School, as it was a protest against the Federal Government exerting it authority, by means of the Federal Marshalls and the 101st Airborne Division being introduced into a situation which was deamed to be entirely a State matter. Those nine Blacks were the symbol of that abuse of power. The use of federal troops (the 101st) against the American people was felt to be Unconstitutional.
It was also felt at that time a United States Justice Department edict was not suffice grounds to establish law where no law existed. And there was no Civil Rights act passed by Congress until 1964 which established such a law. The Supreme Court establish case law in specific cases, but does not have the power to make law no matter how well intended. Only the legislatures or Congress has that power. At least that is what I was taught in my 9th Grade Civics and American Governments classes.
But, like Ted Nugent in the article, the images of Dogs, and screaming mobs, and fire hoses are powerful propoganda tools when writters are writing the "history books" for later generations.
So was the display of the Confederate Flag racism, or a protest again Governmental abuse of powers? Take your pick. Obviously popular history molding those actions as being what they are precieved as being today. Preception, whether it is factual or not, is reality to most people.