South Carolina Votes 94-20 To Remove Confederate Flag
Early this morning, the South Carolina state House of Representatives voted in a landslide – 94 to 20 – to remove the Confederate battle flag from their public buildings. The bill will now go for approval to Governor Nikki Haley, who has previously expressed support for removing the flag and says she’ll sign the bill into law. Haley released a brief statement about the vote:
“Today, as the Senate did before them, the House of Representatives has served the State of South Carolina and her people with great dignity. I’m grateful for their service and their compassion. 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.”
This vote comes, of course, after a racially-motivated mass killing by shooter Dylann Roof at America’s oldest historically Black church, Emanuel Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston. Pressure to remove the flag had been coming from inside the House, as Rep. Jenny Horne gave an impassioned speech to her colleagues about why the flag needed to come down; as well as from the outside, as protests have gathered across the country, including artist Bree Newsome’s protest, in which she scaled the flag pole in front of the State Capitol and removed the Confederate flag from the grounds herself.
The flag will now be kept at the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, where, hopefully, its full divisive history will be accurately portrayed.