South Carolina Governor Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag From Statehouse Grounds

Posted: June 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

TIME

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called on Monday for the removal of the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, reshaping a heated debate over race and the flag’s meaning in a state devastated by last week’s massacre at a historic black church.

“For many people in our state, the flag stands for traditions that are noble,” she said in a news conference at the state Capitol, in front of American and South Carolina state flags. “For many others in South Carolina, the flag is a deeply offensive symbol.”

Haley then said, now 150 years after the end of the Civil War, that it should come down. “It’s time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds,” she said, before a loud applause.

The Governor’s proposal comes five days after the massacre of nine people during a Bible study group at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in…

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