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The Charleston AME Church Massacre
In the sad wake of the Charleston deaths at the hand of racist Dylann Roof, Twitter exploded over the weekend with calls for Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina House of Representatives to move quickly and take down the emblem of hate, the Confederate Flag, standing just outside the State House in Columbia.
. . . while U.S. flags have been lowered, the Confederate battle flag remains high -- even padlocked into place.
It is a matter of state law.
Back in 2000, civil rights activists successfully lobbied to have a much larger Confederate flag removed from the Capitol dome. But there was a compromise. The South Carolina Heritage Act decreed that just about all other tributes to Confederate history would be virtually untouchable. The only way to change anything of that nature -- including the smaller flag that was erected on the State House lawn -- would be to gain the endorsement of two-thirds of lawmakers.
Mayor: Put the flag in its place of history but do not fly it in the face of people who it has a seperate meaning for pic.twitter.com/tmnsFrAojc— ABC News 4 (@ABCNews4) June 22, 2015
Update: Monday, June 22, 2015
Word is spreading that Governor Nikki Haley will announce at 4 p.m. that the flag will come down.
UPDATE: Nikki Haley announced that there would be a push for the South Carolina House and Senate to take down the flag this summer: