The governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley has called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state Capitol grounds. This is happening not even a week after a 21-year-old white man gunned down nine black people inside a church.
Lots of notable leaders and supporters from the state and all around the country have come together to ask for the removal of the flag. During a news conference Gov. Haley said:
“Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it is time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds.”
After she announced the removal, everyone in attendance clapped and cheered. This flag specifically wasn’t lowered along with the other flags after the mass shooting Wednesday because to do that you need permission from the state’s General Assembly — also need that permission to remove it. Officials have said and proved this was a hate crime, with multiple photos of Dylann Roof holding the confederate flag.
During Monday’s press briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said President Obama believes the Confederate flag “should be taken down and placed in a museum where it belongs,” but knows that the decision is a state one.
Also, Walmart and Sears have decided to stop selling confederate flag merchandise. Walmart spokesman went on to say:
“We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our web site. We have a process in place to help lead us to the right decisions when it comes to the merchandise we sell. Still, at times, items make their way into our assortment improperly — this is one of those instances.”