Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina state house grounds.
“150 years after the end of the Civil War, the time has come,” Gov. Haley said. “This is a moment in which we can say that the flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our state.”
Haley argued that while many South Carolinian may view the flag as a symbol of “respect, integrity and duty,” it still remains “a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past,” citing last week’s tragedy in Charleston when Dylann Roof, a white gunman, killed nine people at a historic African-American church. He was caught the following day. Law enforcement officials are investigating the attack as a hate crime.
The confederate flag became the subject of a contentious political debate after photos surfaced of Dylann Roof using the flag as a symbol of hatred and racism. On Saturday, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to Twitter to call for the flag’s removal.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 20, 2015
Following Gov. Haley’s press conference on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell chimed in, saying “the fact that it continues to be a painful reminder of racial oppression to many suggests to me at least that it’s time to move beyond it.”
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