A growing controversy over the years in many southern states has been the use of the confederate flag in many government entities. The recent church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina that has left nine individuals dead has once again brought this issue to the forefront. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State House.
“Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state without ill will to say it is time to remove the flag from our capitol grounds,” said Haley, a Republican and the state’s first non-white governor, while flanked by a diverse group of South Carolina politicians. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of South Carolina were also alongside Haley at the announcement that came amid growing calls for the state to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State House.
Many South Carolinians have been protesting over the last week over the fact that South Carolinas government still allows the confederate flag to fly at the capitol. Some legislators in the state support the display of the flag, because they say it is a reminder of the states heritage and history, while many citizens of the state feel it is disrespectful and only symbolizes the worst of the history of South Carolina. Due to the constant protesting and the uttering of the words “Take it down,” South Carolinas Legislator has begun meeting on the issue and whether the flag should be moved from State grounds.
Shooting and protests have not only triggered change in South Carolina, but it has also spread to other areas of the south as well. Mississippi has also started legislation on whether they will remove the red and white symbol from their State Flag . One of Mississippi’s legislators, Philip Gunn went as far as saying that the flag has come to a point of offense and needs to be removed. Not only has this issue stretched to southern states taking a stand, but Walmart, an international department store, has also banned the selling of products with the flag displayed on them.
The issue has brought on national attention throughout the country some in support of the change and others such as white supremacists and racial hate groups, who use the flag as their symbol against civil rights for African Americans, are against it.