|SC Highway Patrol honor guard carries the casket of Sen. Pinckney to the Statehouse|
Yesterday hundreds of people lined up in front of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia to pay their respects at the viewing of state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. As you know by now Senator Pinckney was one of the nine people gunned down by racist Dylann Roof at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week.
Though Sen. Pinckney is reportedly the first African American to have a wake under the capitol dome since the Reconstruction era unbelievably the state saw fit to leave the Confederate battle flag at full staff as his casket passed by.
In this picture you can plainly see that Sen. Pinckney’s procession passed directly under the flagpole in front of the Statehouse flying the Confederate flag
Inside where Sen. Pinckney body lay for viewing it was reported that a black drape had to be placed over the window inside the State House to block the mourner’s view of the "rebel" flag directly outside.
Despite the fact that in the wake of the Charleston shooting, many politicians and public figures have recently requested the removal of the confederate flag on state property due to its symbolic history involving slavery, and the murder, mistreatment and subjugation of African Americans... none have done so yet.