South Carolina Officials Want Confederate Flag to Come Down

Bloomberg By Mark Niquette                 …

Georgia (Jun 23, 2015)

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Lawmakers and other officials are calling for removing the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State House after the fatal shooting of nine people in a historic black church in Charleston.

“It’s a symbol of hatred to a large percentage of the population of this state, and they own that land,” Republican Representative Doug Brannon said in an interview. “It took the tragedy of nine lives to give me the guts to do it, and inspire others to realize the time is now.” …

South Carolina, like other Southern states, began flying the secessionist standard in the civil-rights era, as blacks gained political power after years of segregation.

While individuals and groups including the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the League of the South see the flag as honoring those who fought in the Civil War, it also came to represent modern hatred and racism. It became a focus of anger after the discovery of photos that showed suspect Dylann Storm Roof, posing with it. …

Investigators have arrested Roof, a 21-year-old white man, in the killings June 17 at Emanuel AME Church during a Bible study session. Authorities are pursuing the case as a hate crime. …

The flag wasn’t displayed following the Civil War, but started to reappear in the 1940s as a symbol of Southern resentment, said Mike Martinez, an assistant professor of political science at Kennesaw State University in Georgia who edited a book about Confederate symbols.

Georgia added the Confederate flag to its banner in 1956 after the U.S. Supreme Court case desegregating public schools, and South Carolina began flying the flag atop the capitol dome in the early 1960s, he said.

“The Confederate battle flag has multiple meanings for multiple parties,” Martinez said. “Is it hate? Yes. Is it heritage? Yes. It’s all of those things.” …

 


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