Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state without ill will to say it is time to remove the flag from our capitol grounds,” said Haley, a Republican and the state’s first non-white governor, while flanked by a diverse group of South Carolina politicians. “This flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state,” she said.
The flag can only be removed from its location in front of the State legislature with the approval of two-thirds of that body. And Haley said if the state’s General Assembly doesn’t convene on the matter in this last week of the legislative year, she would call up lawmakers to the capital “under extraordinary measures.
The confederate flag has long been a symbol of America's racist past to many people. To many people throughout the South, the flag is as offensive as the N-word; an absolute slap in the face. Well, in the wake of the recent shooting in South Carolina, the governor has called for it's removal from the state building according to CNN:
Now, while I don't believe you can get rid of bigotry by removing their flag, I do think it's a step in the right direction. We'll see how this plays out in the future.
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