Haley calls for removal of Confederate Flag from State House grounds

by | June 22, 2015 4:20 pm

Last Updated: June 23, 2015 at 7:31 pm

Gov. Nikki Haley called Monday afternoon for the removal of the Confederate Flag from State House grounds.
“We’re not going to allow this symbol to divide us any longer; the fact that people are using it as a symbol of hate is a fact we cannot stand,” Haley said. “July 4 is just around the corner … it is fitting that our State House will soon fly the state of our country … and no others. One-hundred and fifty years after the Civil War, the time has come.”
Haley made the announcement while speaking about Wednesday’s tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, where Dylann Storm Roof, 21, is accused of shooting and killing nine parishioners, including Sen. Clementa Pinckney.
Haley said members of the General Assembly will have to remove the flag through legislation. She said she will use her authority as governor to call back legislators in several weeks – after the current and veto sessions are complete – to handle the matter.
Haley was flanked by Sen. Tim Scott and Congressman James Clyburn while making the announcement, and was also joined by Rep. Mark Sanford and Sen. Lindsey Graham, along with other state lawmakers.
In making her announcement, Haley said she understands the flag stands for “heritage for some South Carolinians,” but noted that the State House grounds are “for every South Carolinian.”
Manninglive.com will have more on this announcement in a bit.

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comments » 2

  1. Comment by Gerald Winstead

    June 22, 2015 at 17:39

    If anyone thinks moving the flag from the state house will stop this type of evil, they are not aware of what causes human beings to commit crime. It should be in the museum. But as long as the NAACP and legislative black caucuses are around fomenting racism, along with Al Sharpton, racism will remain live and well in the USA.

  2. Comment by Moye Graham

    June 22, 2015 at 19:46

    I agree with the Governor.

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