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Should South Carolina Remove The Confederate Flag From Their Statehouse?

In light of the mass murder at a Charleston church, many people are questioning the confederate flag at the South Carolina statehouse. Does the racist and slave-era flag have a place at the statehouse?

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Should South Carolina Remove The Confederate Flag From Their Statehouse?  

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last 24 hours | voanews
South Carolina Lawmakers to Debate Removal of Confederate Flag - Voice of America
"...Many in South Carolina have been calling for the removal of the flag for years.Many in the state were stunned to see the Confederate flag still flying at the top of a pole on the State House grounds while the U.S. and state flags flew at half-staff in tribute to the shooting victims.The Confederate flag flew from the top of the South Carolina State House from 1962 until it was moved to a Civil War memorial in 2000. Flag opponents say it was originally put up over the Capitol to defy racial integration.The church massacre has also prompted other states to revisit their own relationship to Confederate symbols.The legacy of the war that divided the nation includes statues in statehouses, special license plates drivers can purchase that feature the symbols, as well as numerous roads and schools named after generals and politicians from the Confederate States of America...." see full article


1020 days ago | nytimes
5 Days That Left a Confederate Flag Wavering, and Likely to Fall - New York Times

"...No one knows the arguments against removing the Confederate battle flag better than State Senator Paul Thurmond, a Republican who is a son of Strom Thurmond, the longtime United States senator from South Carolina and a segregationist candidate for president. Just after the killings in Charleston, he began to rehearse them.This is not a time to politicize a tragedy, Mr. Thurmond thought as the first calls to pull down the flag surfaced. And South Carolina had years ago reached a compromise in the controversy, moving the flag off the capitol dome to a nearby memorial.But like many others, Mr. Thurmond said his mind had been changed inside a church. In South Carolina, Wednesday Bible study when the killings took place is nearly as sacred as Sunday services, for both whites and blacks.Just after the massacre, Mr. Thurmond attended a service at the Morris Brown A.M.E. Church in Charleston. As the pastor asked everyone around him to hold hands and squeeze tight to show that you care about the people next to you, Mr. Thurmond kept thinking about his arguments to keep the flag...." see full article


1026 days ago | politico
The Confederate Flag Was Always Racist - Politico

"...It's too much for America to stomach. As flag-laden memorabilia disappears from store shelves and the flags themselves face removal from state capitals, it's time for the truth about the Confederacy and its symbols to be confronted squarely.In the wake of the slaughter of nine black people in a Charleston, South Carolina church, photographs emerged of suspected killer Dylan Roof posing with a pistol in one hand and the Confederate battle flag in the other. Amid the ensuing pubic revulsion, southern white politicians at last began to bend to long-standing demands to remove Confederate flags from state capitals, government buildings and in the case of Mississippi from within the design of its own state flag...." see full article


1028 days ago | cnbc
Where the Confederate flag belongs - CNBC
"...But many individuals are emotionally tied to their history. They view the flag as a deeply personal matter an important part of their family and regional history. And, as individuals, our Bill of Rights guarantees their freedom of expression. But we should not allow personal feelings about a historical symbol to stimulate discord and unhappiness in our society.To many people, white and black, the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate. It is a painful reminder of lynchings, church burnings, and the double standard people of color endured for more than a century. Thankfully albeit sometimes violently as a nation we have moved away from that double standard. Of course, there are pockets of those outdated ideas and feelings, but they are not limited to any particular region and they are not a reflection of how the vast majority of Americans feel. ..." see full article


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1029 days ago | thestate
'Take it down': Confederate flag rally draws 1500 in Columbia - The State
"...More than 1,500 people gathered Saturday evening at a hastily organized rally to demand the Confederate flag be taken down from South Carolina's State House grounds.Speaker after speaker linked the Confederate flag, which flies in front of the State House, to the church massacre Wednesday in Charleston, where a white supremacist gunned down nine African Americans in a prayer group.Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article25096288.html#storylink=cpy..." see full article


1034 days ago | cnn
Confederate flag, your time is up - CNN

"...If that's the case, then this flag is more about segregation, and not about historical rebellion or states' rights. While you have a right to fly the Southern Cross over your house or on the roof of your Dodge Charger as a private citizen, state governments should probably avoid any symbols of segregation, and even secession for that matter. Texas is another story. That state fought all the way to the Supreme Court, and won, for its right to refuse the Confederate flag on its license plate. The Supreme Court recognized that Texas specialty license plates are government speech, and not a forum for unfettered private speech. When government speaks, citizens' competing free speech rights cannot dictate the content of that government speech...." see full article


1036 days ago | vox
A powerful case for taking down South Carolina's Confederate flag

"...Thursday morning, a Confederate flag was flying on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia as it does every day. That a flag that represents the Confederacy, a rebellion explicitly devoted to defending slavery, flies on the day following what officials are calling a hate crime, committed in a black church, seems monstrous. Moral cowardice requires choice and action. It demands that its adherents repeatedly look away, that they favor the fanciful over the plain, myth over history, the dream over the real. Here is another choice.Take down the flag. Take it down now.Put it in a museum. Inscribe beneath it the years 1861-2015. Move forward. Abandon this charlatanism. Drive out this cult of death and chains. Save your lovely souls. Move forward. Do it now...." see full article


1036 days ago | vox
Beyond the Confederate flag, racist traitors are far too celebrated in the ... - Vox

"...No doubt, the vast majority of people who support or at least passively accept this widespread commendation of the Confederate cause don't particularly mean anything by it. Certainly they don't intend to be sending the message to impressionable and perhaps somewhat disturbed young men that African Americans are less-than-equal members of the political community and that the use of illegal violence against their interests is justified.But symbols like words carry meanings that stand independently of any individual person's subjective intentions. And in this case, the symbols' meaning is extremely clear lawless violence in pursuit of white supremacy is not necessarily wrong and may at times be worthy of celebration...." see full article


1036 days ago | thinkprogress
How The Charleston Shooting Is Linked To The Confederate Flag, According To A South Carolinian
"...But the Confederate flag is a point of profound embarrassment for many South Carolina residents, including many in my family, some of whom very publicly called for its removal from the top of the State House in the 1990s. That debate ultimately culminated in 2000, when the flag was moved from the top of the State House to the front, which, while technically progress, arguably made things worse: Now South Carolina government officials, many of whom are black, are forced to walk past a symbol of the Confederacy on their way to work.With this in mind, I a white, male, South Carolinian with multiple ancestors who fought for the Confederacy  am painfully aware that this week's shooting has everything to do with the Confederate flag...." see full article


1036 days ago | chicagotribune
South Carolina should retire the Confederate flag

"...In a free society, expression of that sort is protected. So it's not surprising that the flag can be seen in many places in the South. But it is jarring to be reminded that it still flies at the state capitol of South Carolina. There, it's justified as a tribute to the state's Civil War heritage and history.Except it's not, really. The flag didn't fly over the state capitol until the early 1960s, and it was revived in direct reaction to the civil rights movement. It was a token of whites' attachment to segregation.South Carolina's impulse was not unique in the South. In 1956, Georgia changed its state flag to incorporate the Confederate flag. In Texas, at least, there was a fad of naming schools after Robert E. Lee, another coded message...." see full article


1036 days ago | motherjones
Dylann Roof Had Confederate Plates. Here's Why the Rebel Flag Still Flies in South Carolina.

"...The flag, a symbol of the struggle by a white minority engaged in an armed insurrection to preserve its right to violently enslave the black majority, has long been a divisive issue in the state, and criticism of its continued display flared up again after Wednesday's shooting. It was removed from the Capitol dome aftermassive protests in 2000, and as part of a compromise, relocated to the Confederate memorial. But the flag's origins in Columbia are a remnant of segregation, not the Civil War it was first flown over the Capitol in 1962 in response to the civil rights push from Washington.Despite the most recent incident of racial violence, don't expect the flag to come down any time soon. When Republican Gov. Nikki Haley was asked about it at a debate during her 2014 re-election campaign, she argued that it was a non-issue:..." see full article


1036 days ago | freep
Fight racist fire with literal fire: Burn Confederate flags
"...The flying of the flag is a purposeful affront not only to African-Americans but also to humanity in general.In that South Carolina will never willingly take down the flag, the time has come for opponents to exercise their First Amendment right to free speech and burn the Confederate flag at the state Capitol in South Carolina, in front of the White House, in front of Fox News or maybe even outside the Grand Ol' Opry.Don't burn it in a way that can cause harm. Make sure people are not in the vicinity and check the direction of the wind. Keep a fire extinguisher near in case a grass fire accidentally starts. Don't use too much flammable liquid to start it...." see full article


1036 days ago | takepart
The Charleston Shooting Should Bring Down the Confederate Flag in South Carolina
"...The Confederate flag initially served as a symbol of the failed insurrection of the Confederate States of America, the group of Southern states that attempted to secede from the United States. Plantation owners who pushed to secede believed their economic viability depended on continuing slavery in America at a time when owning another person was being rejected as a human rights travesty in other parts of the country. The rebel flag has also become a visceral representation of white supremacy, segregation, and racially motivated terror.The debate over the flag remains a hot-button issue all over the South. On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled against the Texas division of a group dubbed the Sons of Confederate Veterans that wanted to force its state into issuing vanity license plates that bear the Confederate flag. The Sons were seeking the right to have state-sanctioned license plates with the rebel flag on them, somewhat similar to what Roof had. Texas officials had declined the request, but the Sons believed it had a right to the plates under free speech. For the Supreme Court, it boiled down to a free speech issue but it sided with the state, saying Texas can't be forced into appearing to sanction the flag...." see full article


1036 days ago | vox
Beyond the Confederate flag, racist traitors are far too celebrated in the United States

"...No doubt, the vast majority of people who support or at least passively accept this widespread commendation of the Confederate cause don't particularly mean anything by it. Certainly they don't intend to be sending the message to impressionable and perhaps somewhat disturbed young men that African Americans are less-than-equal members of the political community and that the use of illegal violence against their interests is justified.But symbols like words carry meanings that stand independently of any individual person's subjective intentions. And in this case, the symbols' meaning is extremely clear lawless violence in pursuit of white supremacy is not necessarily wrong and may at times be worthy of celebration.It's a message that Dylann Roof may have heard all too clearly...." see full article


1036 days ago | refinery29
Why The Confederate Flag Is Flying High In South Carolina This AM
"...So, it seems that today, after Dylan Roof has appeared before a court to be charged with a racially motivated massacre, that symbol the one he chose to decorate his car with will still be flying high...." see full article


1036 days ago | freep
Fight racist fire with literal fire: Burn Confederate flags - Detroit Free Press
"...The flying of the flag is a purposeful affront not only to African Americans but also to humanity in general.In that South Carolina will never willingly take down the flag, the time has come for opponents to exercise their First Amendment right to free speech and burn the Confederate flag at the state Capitol in South Carolina, in front of the White House, in front of Fox News or maybe even outside the Grand Ol' Opry.Don't burn it in a way that can cause harm. Make sure people are not in the vicinity and check the direction of the wind. Keep a fire extinguisher near in case a grass fire accidentally starts. Don't use too much flammable liquid to start it...." see full article


1036 days ago | thestranger
The Racist Flags of the Mass Murderer in South Carolina - TheStranger.com (blog)
"...Then there is the matter of the Confederate flag flying at the South Carolina State House. We know who identifies strongly with this flag. We know its history and the society it represented, which had much in common with Rhodesia and pre-democratic South Africa. This flag is flying at full mast today apparently, it observes nothing but white people. The state flag, which is on top of the state house, is flying half-mast. These flags are not empty. They really do mean the oppression of black people. All in all, what we might find when the smoke clears from the Charleston tragedy is this combination: A society with too many guns... ..." see full article



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