South Carolina House Votes Overwhelmingly To Take Down The Confederate Flag

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After over ten hours of contentious debate, the South Carolina House voted overwhelmingly to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds. The final vote was 94-20 for removal and it came at 1:11 a.m. on Thursday morning. It in a written statement, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) hailed the dawning of:

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 decisive House vote followed an even more lopsided 37-3 Senate vote for bringing down the flag. The long debate on the House floor over a series of amendments was long and contentious, but a powerful emotional plea from Republican Representative Jenny Horne seemed to seal the Confederate flag’s fate.

Horne made a passionate case for “immediate and swift removal” of the flag which drew a standing ovation from many of her fellow lawmakers. She rebuked the heritage argument by stating:

I have heard enough about heritage. I have a heritage. I am a life-long South Carolinian. I am a descendant of Jefferson Davis, okay? But that does not matter. It’s not about Jenny Horne. It’s about the people of South Carolina who have demanded that this symbol of hate come off of the statehouse grounds.

Tearfully she implored the legislature to take immediate action, adding:

I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday. If we amend this bill, we are telling the people of Charleston, ‘We don’t care about you. We do not care that somebody used this symbol of hate to slay (nine) innocent people who were worshiping their God.

Moments later the South Carolina legislature proved that they did in fact have the heart to do something meaningful, by voting to take down the flag. While bringing down the Confederate flag is largely a symbolic gesture, it is a very important one. For a century and a half, many white Southerners have vehemently defended the flag as a symbol of heritage, while trying to downplay the hate that was part of that heritage.

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, a conservative lawmaker who is a descendant of Jefferson Davis would not defend that symbol for another day, nor would 93 of her state house colleagues. The decision was made long before sunrise, but as South Carolina awoke on Thursday morning, Governor Nikki Haley was right. A new day was dawning in South Carolina.

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5 Replies to “South Carolina House Votes Overwhelmingly To Take Down The Confederate Flag”

  1. The Overt Symbol of National and geographical division has been removed. Clearly some South Carolinians are upset. But they will get over it as time passes.
    The skies have been cleared, hopefully a new way of thinking has been born. And going forward the stigma associated with that flag will convert itself into “Historical paraphernalia” instead; not a living reminder of that blighted time in American History.

  2. Just watched the SC state troopers bring down the hate
    rag on tv. Oh happy day! Someone please console Mike
    Pitts and the other “heritage” heretics.

  3. Baby steps.

    But the issue is not just in South Carolina. The entire Bible Belt — and their socially-regressive conservative politico backers — strive to rewrite American history so that the South is regarded as the maligned victim of Northern aggression in the years before, during, and after the Civil War, and slavery is merely a footnote.

    Case in point — the concerted effort in Texas to transform public school textbooks into a medium for pro-Confederacy propaganda.
    U.S. History, as taught in Texas public schools, will have as much authenticity as a comic book wherein the Confederate flag represents “truth, justice, and the American way”.

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