South Carolina Governor Haley calls for the removal of Confederate flag from the State Capitol
At 4:00 PM Monday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the immediate removal of the confederate flag from the State Capitol, following the massacre of nine people in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston last week.
In a press conference, Haley acknowledges that the Confederate flag for some symbolizes respect, a call to serve, and a beacon of unity. But for many "the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past."
She states that the shooter, Dylann Roof, appropriated the flag for violent and unjust means.
The issues surrounding the removal are dense. Because the ultimate decision resides in the hands of the state aseembly, it would take a two-thirds majority for its removal to be approved.
Many believe the flag should be taken down immediately to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting. Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III, Nactional Action Network member and NAACP official says, "We should not go another week with that symbol of hate that was adored by the man who killed them to sit in front of the people's house."
Even Mitt Romney, previous Republican presidential candidate, tweeted his disapproval Sunday.
Current Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush also showed his support for the removal.
Currently Dylann Roof is being held awaiting trial in October, while questions of gun control, state's rights, and the racial divide continue to be contested.
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