Thursday, July 9, 2015

South Carolina's Senate And House Have Both Voted To Take Down The Confederate Flag

The Confederate flag has flown for more than 50 years on South Carolina's statehouse grounds. A little known fact was that it was only raised in the 1960's in opposition to the growing cival rights movement.

It is now 2015 and the flag will be coming down at last.

On Monday, the South Carolina Senate passed the bill to remove the flag on a final vote of 36 to 3. 

Just today South Carolina’s House of Representatives, on a 94 to 20 vote, gave final approval to remove the Confederate flag.

Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to sign the measure into law when it arrives at her desk later today.

With Hale's signature the flag could be taken down as early as Friday.

After the bills passage Haley released a statement saying…

it is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state.”

The removal of the flag comes only after after nine people were killed last month at a historic black church in Charleston in which the killer posted multiple pictures of himself online posing with the flag, in addition to a racist manifesto about white supremacy.

It should be noted that the bill passed only after several pro-flag Republicans tried attaching as many as 50 amendments to the bill and threatened a possible filibuster in order to stop the flags removal.

Now that the flag has finally come down in South Carolina let's get to work on all the other states that still fly this divisive racist rag on their state's grounds.

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