S.C. Senate Votes To Remove Confederate Flag, House To Vote Next

The U.S. flag and South Carolina state flag flies at half staff to honor the nine people killed in the Charleston murders as the confederate battle flag also flies on the grounds of the South Carolina State House in Columbia, SC June 20, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Miczek - RTX1HF3B
On Monday, all eyes have been on the South Carolina legislature as they debated the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. In a 37-3 vote, the GOP-dominated Senate voted in favor of removing the flag. There is still one ratification vote to be held. While the fate of the flag within the South Carolina House of Representatives seems to be a bit less certain, it seems that there is sweeping bipartisan support for the removal of the flag from public property permanently.

This renewed debate over the Confederate flag’s continued presence on the state house grounds has been reignited in the wake of the horrific massacre at a historically black church. The flag was first on top of the state house dome, where it was erected in 1961 in defiance of the Civil Rights Movement. It was moved from the dome to the grounds in 2000, as part of a compromise.

Governor Nikki Haley has called for the flag’s removal, as have other members of the deep red South Carolina legislature. Further, many residents of the state see the flag for the symbol of racism, division, and hate that it is, and don’t buy into the “southern pride” nonsense that so many racists try to insist it represents.

This is perhaps the best thing to come out of the horrific events that took place inside Mother Emanuel church at the hands of a white supremacist. This shooter, this terrorist, used that flag as one of the symbols of his hateful beliefs. Also, the Ku Klux Klan plans to march and rally in support of the flag this month. These are the people whose side you are on, whose views you share, flag supporters. If this doesn’t tell you that that flag represents racism, treason, segregation, Jim Crow, intimidation, and hate, then I don’t know what will. To fly that flag is to embrace those ugly parts of our history as something you wish to remember and salute going forward.

You’re free to do so on your own property, but not on the grounds of the state house that is supposed to be there for ALL South Carolinians. It is way past time for that flag to come down, and hopefully it will happen this week.

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info



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